I Blame You 0301


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Review Text There is something immediately likable and catchy about Michael Shelley's pop tunes on I Blame You. Sort of like a young Elvis Costello covering Ben Folds Five territory. The rich melodies of "Mix Tape" and "Stoop Sale" evoke images of new love and love gone bad, and seem designed to extract precious emotions from the listener. The dreamy "Face in My Pocket" covers the joys of carrying a photograph -- a face -- in one's pocket, while "Dear Mr. Webster" reveals the limitations of a dictionary to describe a new attraction. The arrangements vary quite a bit, adding horns on several cuts and pedal steel to others. There's a lovely duet with Laura Cantrell on "Let's Fall in Hate" that works as both a good country song and a send-up of the genre. One the best songs among good songs is "Listening to the Band," a melancholy tale of a wild romance turned sour, perfectly brought to fullness by Leif Artzen's trumpet. Shelley romantically captures the sadness and elation of each song, singing with conviction and assurance. The writing -- 99% of it by Shelley -- is finely honed; in fact, the lyrics fit so well with each song that they call little attention to themselves. I Blame You passes the listener by quickly, like a nice summer breeze full of memories. It's a lovely release by a confident artist, and will be welcome by his fans and anyone who loves appealing pop music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Mix Tape - 3:48
  2. 2. Face in My Pocket - 3:14
  3. 3. Dear Mr. Webster - 3:43
  4. 4. Stoop Sale - 3:59
  5. 5. Nine Lives - 4:36
  6. 6. Don't Fence Me Out - 2:15
  7. 7. Rollo - 2:27
  8. 8. Favorite Graduate - 3:08
  9. 9. Let's Fall in Hate - 3:10
  10. 10. Listening to the Band - 4:01
  11. 11. I Blame You - 3:50
  12. 12. Don't Wait Up - 4:44

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