Eddie Cohn - Stay With Me
There are plenty of times when listening to "Stay With Me," the second release by singer/Songwriter Eddie Cohn where you may stop yourself and ask if your iPod has skipped on to a new record by someone else. While all of this is moody, dark and emits the vibe of an early-morning city hangover, there are times when he alternately sounds too comfortable, and then suddenly there are moments where he is deeply outside his established comfort zone.
While the title track and "Lights On" use his atmospheric noir-ish pop as a bland landscape for a possible hit record, that same style infuses "Stones For Weeks In U" and "Death Ritual" with a sexual brooding minimalism that is way to the left of Hit Song. Slight abrasive rockers ("Feel The Water," "Watch You (Walk Away)") muscle in ahead of ambient failures like "Gone," a song done better by Brits ages ago.
Eddie Cohn clearly knows his way around a melody, but just as evidently has shadier plans for his music as well. That a record can sound so uniform in sound by so schizophrenic in intent is part of the ride you take when you listen to "Stay With Me." Still, its fuzzy disturbed edges promise that even if he does make it commercially, lazier minds are going to be in for a surprise.
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