Craig Schumacher

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Twin Cities guitarist and producer Craig Schumacher commences his sophomore release with a smoky, classic-feeling jazz ballad. As he progresses, he moves on from jazz to more straightforward adult contemporary to folky antiwar songs and back to an almost easy listening feel. The influences here are similarly far-reaching, from Gershwin to Springsteen. Most of the time, the sound is that of a tired romantic, and the themes of love and (more importantly) love lost are high on the agenda. Overall, the tone moves enough that it's difficult to pin a single label on the album. The compositions are reverent of their influences, but at times are nearly copies. The performances are entirely solid, but not groundbreaking. Some will be enchanted, and others will feel that the record is flat.

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