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CD REVIEW: Paleface & Just About to Burn 

Paleface & Just About to Burn

A Different Story

Indie; Release date: Jan. 5, 2008

The Deal: He may have been a guest vocalist for Avetts and former roommate of Beck, but indie folk singer Paleface, who now calls Concord home, proves his music needs no name dropping.

The Good: The Americana roots of Paleface's indie folk run deep. Dobro, banjo, harmonica, acoustic guitars – they're all here and filling the void behind his raspy vocals nicely. It pairs up nicely with Scott and Seth Avett, who guest on "I Can See the Light." The album has a rough-around-the-edges feel and occasional sounds that make you wonder what kind of instrument is being used – listen for the sledgehammer-on-steel sound in the background of "Dyin' Daze." It's got a groove to it that gets better with each listen. The Just About to Burn part of the band is Monica Samalot who adds some harmonies and drums. She's the lone voice on "Ya Me Voy," the only track that sounds a bit out of place.

The Bad: Not a thing. It's got a groove to it that gets better with every listen.

The Verdict: His talent is a welcome addition to the Queen City music scene. A great release to kick off 2008 – if it were released a week earlier, it would have made my top 10 of '07.

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