Jeremy Gloff

America Is Lonely Tonight, Vol. 11

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Gloff is a prolific, if not always consistent songwriter and four-tracker based in Tampa Bay, Florida. America Is Lonely Tonight, Vol. 11 has its share of solid songs -- "Sound of My Crashing," "Dancetoria," "Seven Bodies Seven Days" -- and the spare piano and acoustic guitar arrangements support his very Smiths-like melodies. However, Gloff's wavering, breathy delivery is somehow disconcerting, like a stranger's hot breath on a crowded subway. There's also the matter of sub-Sundays cuts like "Boy Who Could Jump Thru Stars." Gloff has a solid command of melody and pace, as strong tracks like "Mother Mary" prove. But he might think about adding a few supporting players, and mixing down those vocals just a bit. Whew.

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