Anything You Want

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This Canada-only release, half of which is taken from a live performance, presents Bim as a solo acoustic performer with a striking blues edge to his original folk songs. Its starkness almost seems a reaction against Bim's major-label debut, Thistles, especially when you listen to the title track, in which the singer rejects California and heads home. But the simple setting better suits him, especially because his unusual high tenor sounds less jarring on its own, without the folk-rock arrangements of the earlier record, closer to a blues wail. Also, like most folkies who only wander into the recording studio occasionally, he turns out to be an engaging live performer, at his best before an audience. The songwriting, notably the stirring "Talk Around Town," is up a notch, too.