Common Cents

Slow Cool Ride

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A fine example of early '90s New York City folk music, Slow Cool Ride perfectly conjures images of candle-lit, self-conscious, stage patter-filled Tuesday nights at West Village coffeehouse, open-mic nights. Common Cents' two singer/songwriters, Andrea Weber and Doug Gochman, have very distinct styles but generally manage to blend them into a cohesive whole. Most of Weber's music has a more introspective, melancholy slant, recalling, in it's best moments, Tim Buckley or Nick Drake. Gochman's tunes are rougher, with a distinct Austin, country-folk edge. Weber is by far both the better writer and the better singer of the two, and her more sophisticated tunes, particularly "Fly On" and the title track, are the record's highlights. Gochman's songs, while energetic and well performed, often seem amateurish in comparison. Overall, Slow Cool Ride is a promising, above-average, first effort from a pair of earnest modern folkies.

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