Patrick Sky

A Harvest of a Gentle Clang

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To put it bluntly, Patrick Sky's second album did little to dispel the image of the performer as a second-rate, Dylanesque songwriter. The record was divided about evenly between originals and traditional folk covers such as "John Riley," just one song that used anything approximating a band arrangement (the jokey "Keep on Walking," with Lowell "Banana" Levinger of the Youngbloods on banjo). At its most basic and earthy, as on "Jay Gould's Daughter," Sky sounded much as Bob Dylan had in 1962 and 1963, down to the harmonica chugs and strummed story-songs. When Sky tried to be funny -- which, lamentably, was rather often -- he went down like a party guest who can't do good W.C. Fields imitations, but keeps on trying. When he calmed down, he could write some acceptably plaintive folk tunes utilizing a modest melodic and vocal range, as on "A Girl I Once Did Own." When he tried to be more lighthearted and entertaining, he was less entertaining.