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Kevin Tihista is one of those songwriters who emerged in the wake of Elliott Smith and has managed to retain a career yet never reached the dizzy heights of success. From the plodding Beatles piano of opening track ‘Infinity’ these days he probably has more in common with the likes of Snow Patrol than any navel gazing Paul Simon-ish fingerpicked balladry. The songs are well produced, w ...

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Modern Standard by Kevin Tihista
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5/10 Clinton Staff review, 26 July 2013

Kevin Tihista is one of those songwriters who emerged in the wake of Elliott Smith and has managed to retain a career yet never reached the dizzy heights of success. From the plodding Beatles piano of opening track ‘Infinity’ these days he probably has more in common with the likes of Snow Patrol than any navel gazing Paul Simon-ish fingerpicked balladry. The songs are well produced, with strummy acoustics and layered vocals.

The pace of the first two tracks is set to ‘plod’. ‘Just Can’t Get High Anymore’ ups the ante a little with a perkier arrangement but fails when it gets to a non-existent chorus. ‘The City’ starts with an exact replica of the melody of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s  ‘Daydream’ and is a perky enough jaunt with a reasonable Beatlesy chorus but for my tastes it’s far too Radio 2, you can imagine Dermot O’Leary giving it a spin on his Saturday afternoon show. Manicured acoustic based singer songwriter stuff. Never has the tag ‘will appeal to fans of Ron Sexsmith’ been more appropriate.


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