Dana Edelman

American Overload

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As he prepares to make the biggest move of his burgeoning career, singer/songwriter Dana Edelman has prepared a collection of the very songs that could propel him there. Though he still clings a bit to his familiarly Taylored sound, Edelman has put together a well-arranged and impressively-produced album which should help him take his own bite out of the Big Apple music scene. More collage than hodgepodge, Overload is actually a very comfortable and accessible mix of bouncy pop tunes ("Slow Down Jane") and insightful observations (the TMI-inspired "Drowning"). "Find Our Way" combines spare strums and vocal syncopations with burbling bass flows, and "Home of the Humble" makes the best use of a four-count since the Ramones. Musically, the album combines the ironic authenticity of "Feel Fine Blues" and the confident "Steamroller" groove of "I'll Be Alright" with rhythmic rockers like "Heat of Summer" and "New York City" and a simply beautiful search for "Sincerity." After paying cautious tribute to his hometown-to-be, Edelman takes appreciative stock of his life so far and asks the musical question "Who Will Be the One." If this album is any indication, the question may be rhetorical.