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Reed Foehl: Spark

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Reed Foehl's album, Spark seems to be an idealist's view of love. It seems that Foehl's last run at it didn't go so swimmingly. Everyone knows that love is a battlefield, and Mr. Foehl is among the wounded. Do you know what wounded soldiers do? Well, at least in Foehl's case, they write beautiful music. Of course it's not every day on this battlefield strewn with an endless stream of bleeding-heart songwriters that you find one with such a voice along with a matched musical sensibility. If Foehl was singing in Yiddish, I'd still get what he's feeling. In other words, this guy's got soul. To compare him to another bleeding-heart artist, I'd say Elliot Smith; and I like Elliot Smith.

All of the music on Spark is written by Foehl, except for "Turn Your Lights Down Low," a Bob Marley cover. The lyrical content and soul of the song blend so well with the rest of the album that it took me a while to realize it was a cover. He doesn't sing it like Marley sang it. Foehl sings it like he would have sung had he written it.

Foehl's Spark is an album you can relax to and enjoy all the way through. It's one of those albums you automatically want to sing along to. Foehl has not gone unnoticed. He's had play on movies and sitcoms. If you ask me, the cat deserves it.