CD REVIEW: The Head and Heart by David Starr

I like this set a lot. It is at its best when it’s most closely tied to older music like country and folk. Still, even when it reaches into more modern territory, it keeps a vitality and strength. This is entertaining and meaty at the same time. It’s just a nice set of songs.

Traditional country music gets a fresh flair on “Edge of the World.” It has a timeless quality. The ballad has some great lyrics.

The title track lands more in the territory of traditional folk music. Yes, there is a lot of country here, but that was a big part of that musical style. Also, country really is American folk music. This is less timeless, seeming more like a remnant of a time gone by.

Speaking of folk traditions, next Starr covers the classic Mamas and the Papas song “California Dreamin’.” He brings some modern sounds and country elements to it. This has a powerful and evocative vocal delivery.

Starr seems to try to stretch more into modern territory on “Waiting in the Dark.” I don’t think it is necessarily the best move. That’s not because he doesn’t do it well. He does. It’s just that it’s sort of the road most traveled. The older, traditional sound isn’t something that’s done as well.

“I’ve Come For You” is more of a modern rock song. Again, it’s not bad. In fact, it’s very well done. It’s just not at the same level in terms of originality or uniqueness as the first songs.

The closer is “Dancing With My Pride,” and it is definitely more like it. The traditional country and folk sounds that merge on it are very effective.

I could argue that this is too short. There is something to be said for “leaving them wanting more,” but really this is fairly short. It could use another song or two to fill it out a bit more. The other way of looking at it, I suppose, is that you can just hit “play” again and start it over.


by Mary Angela Tobin

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