Shane Jackman


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Perhaps it seems that being a popular artist these days requires a contempt for everyone, but Shane Jackman doesn't buy that. After all, there's still plenty to talk about when your soul is at peace. This guitarist/vocalist brings unique images with his lyrical poetry. His messages are undiluted by rhyme schemes and undaunted by style guides. The first track, "Love You Like the Rain," tells the journey of an evolved friendship by stretching out the words and filling them with detailed imagery. Probably the most entertaining tune is "Cornflakes for Supper," a tale of the independence that follows a breakup. Other verses mention "Leno for conversation" and "pizza for breakfast," hailing the joys of bachelorhood. Some may find that the album never really gets going. It is laid-back and personal, but there are no upbeat, rock-style anthems. The closest thing to a steady beat can be found in "Uncommon Eloquence" and "Didn't I." The album describes visions and dreams of one who traded in heavy touring schedules for family time and a local record contract. Ultimately, he seems satisfied with how life balances out.

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