CD Review: Thomas Hine–Forgive My Future

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Colorado singer/songwriter Thomas Hine’s latest CD Forgive My Future (2013) is a modern folk album with that which is reminiscent of the sixties.  The new film LLewyn Davis comes to mind.  I can picture Hine in a smoky folk club rendering these songs to a captive audience.  The lyrics overall are thought provoking, at times a little hard to follow, but overall insightful.  The recording has a homespun sound to it, but that is not a bad thing.  The production is not overdone.  It’s more a raw project with all kinds of palatable spices—tremolo from a lilting mandolin, cello, theThomas Hine xylophone, softly-strummed or finger-plucked guitar, and creative backing vocals that tease the listener’s ears, especially in Ploughmanalmost a lullaby with overtones of another male voice ad-libbing lines or doubling the lead.  The effect is unspoiled realness.  Dance for Days begins the album.  It’s a song about time, things that slip away, things you try to hold onto, and waiting.  “I’d like to have it all in a day but you make me wait.”  Following is a great piece of storytelling found in the tale of an old West desperado Owen.  Tomorrow I Have My Doubts is a transcendent piece.  The narrator declares, “I should go back and retrieve the things I had to leave in haste as I took that train out when I was yielding.”  There’s lots of unassuming poetic speculation here, as in other tracks.  Hine is a thoughtful observer of life, love, and characters that he has woven into his narratives with a delicacy that is almost sleepy at times—the makings of the perfect album for the insomniac or the dreamer.   

 

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