David Newberry When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn

David NewberryWhen We Learn The Things We Need To Learn
This Vancouver, BC-based folk rock singer-songwriter has earned praise from peers like David Francey, and this, his full-length debut, shows why. The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Jon Wood, the man behind fine albums from the likes of Herald Nix and Rodney DeCroo. He is also responsible for most of the diverse instrumentation that, along with the female harmony vocals, is used so judiciously here. That combination adds potency to "We Reap What We Sow," a haunting gem featuring accordion and the sweet voice of Sioux Newberry. There's a '60s boho/beat feel to much of Newberry's material. "Come On" has a distinctly Dylan-esque feel (circa "Subterranean Homesick Blues"), while Walt Whitman gets a name check in "All Of My Friends Are Famous." His voice has the ring of truth and there's poetic insight aplenty in these songs. Newberry has learned much already and is an artist to watch. (Northern Electric)