David Goodrich begins Accidentals of the West with a simple prelude, laying out his quiet, tasteful approach to instrumental music. In "Falling," he makes clear that he's more interested in creating atmosphere by carefully layering his instruments than showing off with flashy guitar licks. Most of the compositions here are original, and Goodrich handles all of the instrumental work himself. His choice to multi-track guitars, banjos, and mandolins separates him from numerous solo players in the acoustic instrumental market. It also allows him to create an expansive sound on pieces like the title cut by using three or four guitar parts. Accidentals of the West delivers excellent instrumental versions of Lou Reed's "Jesus" and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman." These pieces also serve as familiar bridges to "Susquehanna Waltz" and "Three Quarter Ballad," respectively, two lovely compositions that flow effortlessly. Goodrich's arrangements are never static. It would be easy to lay down a rhythm track and play the melody over it, but he prefers to switch the lead voice between various instruments. Most of these instrumentals are less than four minutes, which serves to keep the structures tight and fresh. Accidentals of the West creates a rich ambience that will be appreciated by guitar players and anyone who likes good instrumental music.
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AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.