Too Much Perspective

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Review Text Boston based singer/songwriter "Jon Hall" changed his name to Jon Macey so there wouldn't be any confusion with Orleans' bandleader John Hall. After he performed production work for Elektra Records in the '80s, and toured with Polygram artist Tom Dickie & the Desires the poet/artist returned to Boston and put together Macey's Parade. Their 1993 release, Too Much Perspective opens up with one of Macey's best numbers, "Song for T," a touching and lovely tribute to "the best friend" he ever had "in those days" -- his cat. Substance abuse was a major part of the singer's story -- so much so that some of the immediate press for this album ignored the songs and focused on that. The desperation of those times and the image of T's little eyes is as haunting as it is heartwarming. But the record doesn't stop there. Along with LaVern Baker's producer, Barry Marshall, they hit another home run with "Comical," as exquisite a pop number as Brian Wilson and Roger McGuinn could ever hope to conjure up. It's as if Randy California's Dr. Sardonicus character came to life to laugh in the face of life's tough breaks. There is immense power in the music, and Macey delivers one of his best vocal performances. Had the album concentrated on these moments there is no doubt it could have made a bigger splash, and though the "Sweet Jane" riff that permeates "The Clinic" harkens back to the singer's roots, the anti-methadone anthem feels out of place here. It disturbs the flow of songs like "The Last New York Train" and the poppy "Home." The band worked overtime on this album and that is also a drawback -- rock & roll can't be too calculated, and some of the earlier demos have more of a vibe than the finished product. Boston scene-maker and booking agent, the late Mickey O'Halloran, commented that some of the best material was utilized on various Boston compilation albums and should have been included on this project. He had a point. "She's Got Me Souled" and "Sail Away" were two tracks recorded during this time that would have enhanced Too Much Perspective: an album whose title rings so true. Mastered by Bob Ludwig in Maine, the group put their best foot forward and, as noted, hit a couple out of the park. A re-release of Too Much Perspective with bonus tracks could bring new attention to material like "Sometimes," music from an artist who averages about one album a decade. There's much depth to the better songs here on a record that was acknowledged by TV, press, and radio upon its release in Boston, and deserves another chance to be heard. ~ Joe Viglione

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  1. 1. Song For T - 3:25
  2. 2. Don't Know What to Do (With My Time) - 4:17
  3. 3. Comical - 5:54
  4. 4. Home - 5:11
  5. 5. Back in the Game - 3:26
  6. 6. Small Town Girl - 4:06
  7. 7. When Life Gets Tough - 3:30
  8. 8. Clinic - 6:18
  9. 9. (I Can't) Escape Your Love - 4:13
  10. 10. Last New York Train - 5:46
  11. 11. You've Been Waiting - 4:40
  12. 12. Sometimes - 4:19

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Release Date
8/19/03 

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