Gabriel Garcia

Crucifix My Baroquen Heart

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The second album by sensitive-guy singer/songwriter Gabriel Garcia has quite possibly the worst title of 2006, a painfully labored, eye-rolling pair of puns that may well turn off a fair chunk of Garcia's particular audience. This is a shame, since there's nothing else nearly so egregious on Crucifix My Baroquen Heart. But it's only a minor one, because there's not necessarily much to recommend it, either. The most immediate comparison to Garcia's sparse, intimate style is Swedish cult singer/songwriter José González, whose album Veneer has a similarly Pink Moon-inspired delicacy. But González (and of course Nick Drake himself) possesses both a haunting, expressive voice and a fine line in gentle acoustic folk-pop tunes. The ten songs here are pretty, in a superficial way, but not particularly memorable, and Garcia's lyrics vacillate between forgettably banal and wincingly pretentious. Focus on the genuinely nice acoustic guitar tunes and Crucifix My Baroquen Heart is pleasant albeit slight; deeper attention doesn't pay any particular dividend.

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