Bud Dashiell & the Kinsmen

I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

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Bud Dashiell modernized his repertoire a bit for this obscure late-'60s LP, but it still sounded like a hangover from the simpler early-'60s commercial folk boom, although better done than most such items, for what it's worth. The sound was simple and spare, the acoustic guitar backed by quiet standup bass and the lightest of drums. Dashiell's vocals had an attractively shy, at times almost jazzy quality. He occasionally ventured into work by newly emerging contemporary late-'60s singer/songwriters, covering Jesse Colin Young's "Lullaby," Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," and, on the title track, Randy Newman's "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today." Much of the rest of the album, however, bore vestiges of a more passé troubadour folkie making moves toward middle-of-the-road all-around entertainment, occasionally singing in French, playing modified bossa nova for "Vereda Tropical," dusting off the moldy standard "Baltimore Oriole," and offering an interpretation of "Seasons in the Sun," six years prior to Terry Jacks' huge hit with that tune (although it had been done back in 1963 by the Kingston Trio). It's a modest and mildly likable album, but not an exciting or original one, and out of step with its times.