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Review : Sean Smith “Eternal” CD (Strange Attractors Audio House, 2010)

by David Leicht

Last month, Strange Attractors Audio House reissued Sean Smith’s terrific album, Eternal.¹  Where Sean’s prior recordings: the self-titled LP, Sacred Crag Dance, Corpse Whisperer, and contributions to Berkeley Guitar, established him at the forefront of the underground solo guitar scene, Eternal reveals him to be a gifted arranger as well.  Most of the album finds Smith in ensemble with combinations of Adam Snider, Fletcher Tucker and Angela Hsu on stringed instruments (violin, mountain dulcimer, banjo, etc) and Spencer Owen on percussion (claves, sandpaper blocks, drum kit, etc).  As with his solo work, Sean takes on a number of different folk styles, and the ensembles allow him to superimpose a variety of textures.  The result is an album that is as entertaining as it is challenging, which cannot always be said of offerings from even the most talented instrumentalists. Continue reading

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