CD REVIEW: For The Money by Skipper M. Drost

Skipper M. Drost is a former law student turned musician from New Orleans with a passion for music that has led him to his first two releases. The first of the two was Down Along The Bayou, and it paved the way to what is another excellent release with For The Money. The money’s worth can be found in every track for one reason or another, and it earns its title that way. Once you’ve heard the first CD you’ll be all-the more pleased with these songs, as they hit home on all levels he stands on as a musician and songwriter. Some of the tracks beg to be described while the rest help seal the deal.

The CD kicks off on a high note with “Jesus Is coming Home” which is a fantastic opener that I listened to three times before moving on. It’s a killer tune with everything going for it. The sort of thing that makes you wonder where all-of the good country has gone.The boogie-woogie does the business while the church vocals behind him make it even better, going out on just as high of a note as it came in. It’s way different than the next track “Tell Bradley I Said Hello” because it’s cerebral, unlike the slow-paced storyline this follows it up with. Both are of the same quality level but worlds apart. It’s okay because the CD happens to take many turns, and “I Guess I Am” proves that much. This is a self-told life story type of number which also isn’t bad, but then this is an all good affair and that’s one thing for sure after hearing it enough to be able to say that. Nobody is Superman and the leader of the band wants you to know that. “Fat Like Me” is pretty-funny if you get into it, but don’t take it too seriously, it’s only another fun-loving track. He goes on about his sympathy for the fat, and he does it with tongue and cheek humor. I like the guitars in this one, so not all is lost on the pun approach to the lyrics.

He rectifies anything you don’t get about it by coming back with “Crying In The Wind” which comes complete with foxtrot military style drumming, as it is a flag song for the hope of a better world. This is one of his coolest songs, as they aren’t all for the family, let’s put it that way. The slinky slide-guitar lines of “Chase That Chicken” is a touch of comedy thrown in for good measure, as it sets the tone for bbq’s and road trips. It’s probably one of his most commercially savvy tunes, and the guitar once again gets a nod for carrying the whole track in its own way. This one creeps into the area of blues. The best part about “Shooting Star” is the lyrics, otherwise it goes along with the production as a weak spot about the release, but to be fair it is an improvement from his debut CD in a naturally progressive way. It’s just not one of the stronger tracks. But there’s always more fun-loving stuff to be heard, and if that’s what you’re looking for, and you want some of his comedic quality, “Me And Jane” is there to get your blood pumping. “For The Money” gets its spot toward the end, and more hilarity is applied on “Evelyn Gay” if you take thing less seriously in your music. It is at least one third of what Skipper does, so what you hear is what you get. Mostly high marks.


by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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