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  • Slaid Cleaves
  • Slaid Cleaves
    Holiday Sampler

    by Samuel Barker

    An album for all seasons, that is what Slaid Cleaves has made. A collection of originals and covers that are each dedicated to a different time of the year. From the whimsical ‘Monster In Law’ to the touching ‘You Don’t Have To Tell Me,’ Cleaves provides a good mixture of his trademark folk combined with some newer instrumentation one would only have heard at a live performance.

    This album is a good look at the newest addition to Cleaves’ band, Oliver Steck, who appears on all but two tracks on this release. He adds the sinister accordion parts to ‘You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ and ‘Monster In Law.’ He also adds the soaring trumpet part to the Cleaves staple, ‘One Good Year.’ All nice additions to this album of the seasons.

    This album is a good release to tide any Slaid Cleaves fan over until he gets his next full length out. A little bit of folk and a lot of fun are all found in this release. Pick it up for a holiday gift, no matter what holiday, it’s got something for all of you.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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