Rob Lamothe

Wishing Well Motel

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Rob Lamothe engages the listener into his world of sweet melodies and lullabies. At times his voice is barely above that of a gentle whisper, but it's the same style that both he and his fans have grown accustomed to. Rich in its lyrics almost as much as its basic acoustic arrangements, only on "Melting Pot" does this album stray toward a more up-tempo roots rock genre, in the same vein as Ray Lyell or Steve Earle. Songs such as "Cup of Tea" and "Blue" are memorable for their personal touches, but the lengthy "My Achilles Heart" tends to be a bit out of place both in its length and style. The slow instrumental work at its conclusion makes the negatives quickly forgotten. What come to the fore are the introspective qualities from beginning to end, whether the subject is traveling in Europe of thoughts of his family. The album appears to be another hidden gem.

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