Terry Walsh

Work and Hope

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Terry Walsh is the leader of a good bar band in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. While nothing on this album, his second, is unique or attention-grabbing enough to single him out as a good candidate for future national or worldwide fame, the album does have its moments. Walsh's main focus is on social commentary, which is evident on tunes like the title track, "Cigarette Junkie," and "Overseas." The best song is the edgy rocker "Negative Vibes," while "Dallas Valentine" is an amusing country song written by Walsh's brother about the Kennedy assassination. The album-opening "Sierra Angel" shows off the imitation Stones sound that bands like the Black Crowes have made a career from. Pop songs like "It Don't Matter Now" are balanced by the reflective and jazzy "At the Airport." Special mention should be given to bassist Jeff Litke, who distinguishes himself with some funky basslines. The bottom line is that this is a solid album of songs with pleasing hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. Yet, somehow Terry Walsh is the type of artist who lacks that certain something which is needed to propel him onto a larger stage. He will probably be confined to local and regional notoriety forever.

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