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Listen Closely

Listen Closely

On its sophomore release, Smalltown Poets eschews the temptation to throw off the past and reinvent itself in some new trendy form. As the native Georgian boys did the first time around with their 1997 self-titled debut, Listen Closely focuses upon solid songwriting and straight-forward pop/rock performances.

Smalltown Poets tends toward accessible folk pop, with instrumental emphasis on acoustic guitar and piano while the band plays without overwhelming the song. Sure, you can listen closely to the project, however the meaning and content of these songs are readily available, floating near the surface. Sensible, listenable, warm and friendly are thoughts that come to mind when describing Listen Closely, which makes the talking intro to "Quasar" and the noisy explosion at the end of it seem out of place on the rest of the disc. Otherwise, throughout the project the songs are constructed around solid melodies and singable hooks, often telling the story of faith sparked and deepened. "New Man" and "Call Me Christian" are straight-forward and self-explanatory. Other favorites include "Garland of Grace," "The Gospel is Peace" and "Long Long Way."

Smalltown Poets does not strive to break new ground but rather to travel familiar territory in vibrant, faith-enriching fashion. In that regard the band has created a satisfying second outing, smartly written and well recorded.

 

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Call Me Christian
Album: Listen Closely
3:35 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Anything Genuine
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There Is Only You
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Gloria
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48 States
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Long, Long Way
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The Gospel Is Peace
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4:27 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Hold It Up To The Light
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4:16 $0.99 Buy Song
 
New Man
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4:54 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Quasar
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3:19 $0.99 Buy Song
 
Garland Of Grace
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3:47 $0.99 Buy Song
 
One Of These Days
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2:14 $0.99 Buy Song
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FAN REVIEWS & COMMENTS

 
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posted by aceinface@hotmail.com at 4/25/2012 4:47:55 AM
Small Town Poets, sound alot like The Gin Blossoms a very good band out of Tempe Arizona!! Very simular sound... Both great bands!!!
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SMALLTOWN POETS ALBUMS

 
Christmas Time Again
(November 2014)
Christmas Time Again
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Third Verse
(October 2013)
Third Verse
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Under The New Sun
(October 2012)
Under The New Sun
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Smalltown Poets Christmas
(November 2011)
Smalltown Poets Christmas
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Smalltown Poets
(December 2006)
Smalltown Poets
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It's Later Than It's Ever Been
(October 2004)
It's Later Than It's Ever Been
0 user reviews
Third Verse
(January 2000)
Third Verse
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Listen Closely
(January 1998)
Listen Closely
1 user reviews
 
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