In The Short Time

The Jim Walsh Band

Photon Records, 1999

REVIEW BY: Paul Hanson

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 11/04/1999

Get out your lighters, cuz the Jim Walsh Band's disc In The Short Time makes me feel like I'm at a heavy metal concert, the lights out, the band halfway through their set when they bring out someone like James Taylor to join them for a few mellow songs. What that disjointed imagery means is that this is not a metal CD, but it also doesn't suck.

Led by guitarist/vocalist Jim Walsh, these are songs that evoke a sense of hope. In the opening track, Walsh sings, "All I've ever wanted is you/ because you're forever on my mind." Based upon an acoustic rhythm guitar, it'd be a stretch to compare this band to the recent efforts by acoustic acts like Days of the New, but it's a suitable stretch. Both employ excellent songwriting.

At just under 40 minutes, Walsh doesn't allow himself a lot of time to make an impression so each moment has to count. And it definitely does. By the time you reach "Little Pieces Of Her," the CD's fourth track, you realize Walsh can, quite simply, do no wrong. And by the time you reach the intro of "Nobody's Hero," you're thoroughly drenched in Walsh's hypnotic vocal style. Welding the sympathy invoking sorrow of James Taylor's "Fire And Rain" with the authority of a Steven Tyler, Walsh has a collection of noteworthy songs. Definitely recommended!my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

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