Title: Slow Suicide
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2006
Fond as the Bluesbunny is of loud guitars, we still appreciate music that is altogether more personal. This 5 track release from DW Borro proved that it is indeed possible to capture pain in a song. Don't get us wrong, however. This is not a depressing album but it is quite difficult to listen to. There are times when you feel more like his close friend than a mere listener.
All of the songs are ballads of pain, loss and confusion. It is unusual to find a male singer that confronts relationship issues as directly as DW Borro does. Maybe that is what makes these songs a bit uncomfortable to listen to. "Slow Suicide" tells the salutary tale of the effects of a decaying relationship. It is hard to describe the effect of "Shared My Name" other than to say that it hurts. "Still" is sentimental and strikes a resonant note for those of us who have lost in love. Way back when "new country" was both new and country, songs as strong as these would have been lapped up. Nowadays, we can only hope that there are enough people out there still looking and listening for something real to properly appreciate them.
It isn't happy music. It isn't joyful music. It is, however, honest music. Strange as it seems in today's fame obsessed world, there are still people out there who make music because they want - or need - to and not because it is the quick route to a Ferrari. More like a confessional than entertainment, you will appreciate these songs at some point in your life. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow but someday, you will listen and realise that you are not the only one in pain. Available by worldwide mail order from CD Baby.
June 23, 2007
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