Best Of The Batch: Creede Williams
Artist: Creede Williams
Title: Something Borrowed
Label: For Everything Records
Creede Williams wrote most of the music on Something Borrowed on his first life-changing trip from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. The premise of this album is that we all borrow from one another, whether it is a guitar lick or a funny saying, we emulate or repeat what we admire. Even highly esteemed artists and businessmen borrow; it is a fact. If you look at the clever cover of this CD, you will see the inside of an old beat up library book. Do you remember that one special book that you kept taking out to read because you loved it so much? It gives you the warm and fuzzies, which actually sets you up nicely for this music.
The result of all the thoughts found in between all the music are not provocative realizations, just life on life’s terms. The result of this approach is a great rock ‘n’ roll album. The honesty and frankness of the lyrics is an exceptional match for the music. Williams opens up his kitchen, starts the burners, boils away all the fat, and gets to the meat of every situation. I really appreciate the thought, effort and production that went into this recording.
Williams plays a blues flavored country rock with just enough pop gloss to smooth out the edges. His voice sounded familiar, or should I say borrowed? His heartfelt vocalizations reminded me of the Counting Crows and REM. This is most certainly a compliment in every way. I must hand it to him, he knows how to put together a top notch band too, two members of Vertical Horizon, Sean Hurley (bass) and Ed Toth (drums), are a few of the stellar musicians that sit in on this impressive collection of tunes.
My favorite, amongst an entire album full of them, is “Lately (The End).” It has the kind of melody that you cannot get out your head, like the beginning of a favorite nightly TV show. I have to be honest; this album just kept growing on me with each listen. With depictive lyrics from the song “Alone With You,” Williams cuts it to the chase by singing-Well, I guess enough time has passed/To accept the things we said/And resent what never became/I’ve been towing the line too long. You get the picture, he is singing about a one-way relationship and enough is enough, time to split. That is an example of the kind real life stories you will hear spun on this album, and it’s all set to some of the most accessible and appealing music you will ever hear. This book of songs is a guaranteed check out from my library.
*Creede Williams’ Perspective:
I like to say that I wrote the songs on the record for people who really like to listen. The album was written within the context of a road trip-reliable mile-markers contrasted with inconsistent maps and landscapes. Maybe it’s an attempted metaphor for the growth, development and evolution of someone defining what is real versus what just feels like it. My goal is to write songs that might actually fit in on that road trip mix tape of my dreams, yet wear well from an ottoman. Music appreciation, for me at least, is born in the car and learns to walk in the den.
01. California (2:57)
02. Jackson Square (4:18)
03. Lately (The End) (5:10)
04. How Does It Feel? (3:36)
05. Shoreline (3:24)
06. Finally Down (3:07)
07. South Of Me (5:12)
08. Alone With You (3:44)
09. This Time (4:35)
10. Fallen (3:31)
Creede Williams : Vocals & Guitars
Cary Pierce (of Jackopierce): Vocals, Guitars and Keys
Sean Hurly (of Vertical Horizon): Bass
Ed Toth (of Vertical Horizon): Drums
Sara Donaldson (of Jay Quinn Band): Cello
Jim Cocke: B3 Hammond & Wurlitzer
Jon Abel: Backing Vocals
Lori Mason Williams: Backing Vocals