Arlo Leach

Sorry-go-round

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Arlo Leach's second EP is notable not so much for its musical content as for its multimedia content. As the first "enhanced CD" produced by an artist based in Madison, WI, Sorry-go-round was a successful media stunt for Leach, but it did not constitute much progression in his recording career. Two of the songs, "Cherry Necklace" and "Icarus," are slightly improved remixes from his 1995 demo EP, Flying. (The latter benefits especially from a new harmonica part.) Two new ballads, "The Enlightenment Song" and "Louisa," do allow Leach to demonstrate fingerpicking skill that the brighter-toned Flying didn't exhibit. But the inclusion of the gratingly amateurish final track, "Toad on the Road," which was recorded live during Leach's college days, shows uncharacteristically poor judgment on Leach's part. The goofball lyrics are not as funny as the artist seems to believe, and the quality of the recording and the musicianship are far below his usual standards. The vaunted computer content, on the other hand, is inventive and clever if somewhat crudely constructed. There are enlightening (and frequently witty) details about the artist and his songs as well as a well-shot digital video for "Cherry Necklace." It should prove amusing to his fans.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:15
2 3:05
3
4:13
4
6:54
5
2:24
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