Poetry & Airplanes

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Evoking images of sensitive '70s MOR, the pensive male singer/songwriter came into vogue as the millennium turned. Teitur (full name Teitur Lassen) came to prominence on the heels of this movement. Though he is often compared to John Mayer, Poetry & Aeroplanes is more otherworldly than most Mayer fare, possibly as a result of Teitur's cosmopolitan background (he left the Faroe Islands as a teenager and proceeded to spend little time on any one continent). Dramatic orchestrations fill out most of the material, leaving the few ballads that are relegated to guitar-and-vocals sophistry to seem overly simplistic, like Dave Matthews without the hippie inclinations. As is often the case with artists such as Teitur, the music is relatively insignificant, and that is where the debut falters most glaringly. When left to rest on lyrical laurels exclusively, Teitur's wistful tales come off as trite and ridden with clich├ęs. He aspires to become James Taylor, but he lacks Taylor's ability to connect with the material, and consequently fails to connect with listeners as well.

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