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David Mead
Indiana (Nettwerk)

By: Alex Steininger

On his third full-length, and first for an indie, David Mead's Indiana is sensible and smart. It is a warm, supple, and soft pop offering that relies mainly on Mead's voice and acoustic picking and strumming. A light rhythm section adds the perfect back-up for his mellow songs, while string arrangements brush the songs, giving them the final glaze to make them really shine. Non intrusive, yet passionate, the songs go at their own pace, and allowing the listener to do the same. There are no in-your-face demands, and no obvious hooks to grab your attention. Matter of fact, there isn't a note on this album that screams out "you must listen to me". Instead, Mead prefers the relaxed pop and roots approach, offering up good songs and songwriting presented in a refreshing way; the listener is left to choose if they want to use music as background music, or want to dive in head first. Indiana provides for both, and Mead seems content whichever route you choose. After all, he has no reason to fear with a record of exquisite taste and precision. I'll give it a B.
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