Fred Neil

Little Bit of Rain

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A retitled 1970 reissue of Bleecker & MacDougal, Little Bit of Rain, was an album of bluesy, acoustic folk music. Thanks to Fred Neil's Johnny Cash-esque vocal approach and layered acoustics, it was a well-rounded effort. There is a fine line between a musical mood (where songs are similar and representative) and musical stagnancy (where songs sound similar unintentionally). Although strong vocals and tight musicianship are strong points, the album tends to lean toward being stagnant. The first song, "Bleecker & MacDougal," is a bluesy mid-tempo number, decorated with seventh chords. "Blues on the Ceiling" is a wistful, slow song that is perfect for driving alone in the rain. "Travelin' Shoes" is a hard-rocking, acoustic number of proud resignation. Paul Rothchild's clean production is an improvement over his earlier folk recordings with artists like Phil Ochs, making this album a very pleasing listen.

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