Tim Lee

Under the House

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Tim Lee makes the type of music that would've been easy to categorize as straight rock 30 years ago. However, as time progressed, an acoustic guitar backdrop and a little twang here and there, and rock became alternative country. Whatever one calls Under the House, it rocks, and that will be all most listeners need to know. Lee, a veteran of the '80s pop scene, is less concerned with evolving genres than with finding the right musical clothing in which to dress his ten songs. The arrangements -- mostly acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and drums -- are pretty simple, with occasional embellishments adding tasteful touches. Keyboards -- sounding a lot like a string section -- are added to portions of "Without Action," giving the song a classic rock feel. These arrangements also create a solid platform for Lee's rustic vocals. The production is likewise straightforward with the exception of the ambience added to Lee's voice, an effect that produces a slightly vaporous echo. All of these elements come together in the songs themselves. From the rollicking "Keep It True" (which sounds like a motto) to the quietly pensive "All That Much," Lee and his band deliver a tuneful batch of songs that holds the listener's attention. Under the House signals the return of a veteran songsmith and will be warmly embraced by both the alternative country and classic rock crowds.

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