Ed Englerth

A Little Bit of Me Everywhere

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With 18 songs and over 70 minutes of material, singer/songwriter Ed Englerth seems to be making up for lost time with A Little Bit of Me Everywhere. An entirely appropriate title -- as the album finds him constantly shape-changing through prog-ish rock, synth pop, acoustic singer/songwriter fare, and tight instrumentals -- the veteran sideman and founding member of the Linear Action Band seems entirely comfortable in a variety of musical settings. And while some of the more synth-heavy material can sound a bit dated and one gets the impression that Englerth would be much better served with a live drummer than a drum machine, his years of engineering, producing, and teaching music are in evidence. Despite the constant detours, his talents seem to be best suited for the more stripped-down acoustic tracks like "Pilgrim Progress" and "The Longing," where his voice comes through more clearly and his masterful guitar playing rises to the fore. His occasional forays into beat-ish spoken word are a bit unnecessary as well, although he does seem to have a flare for arranging instrumental sections for such pieces. All in all, his muse seems to lead him through a rather hit-or-miss collection of songs, but there should be something for everybody in the musical sprawl of Ed Englerth.