Occasionally, I review music. I say occasionally, but what I really mean is rarely. The last time I reviewed a music was for a Hayley Westenra cd, and that was a year and a half ago. I don't generally buy cds. If I like a song I'll buy the single, but I won't fork over the cash for a whole cd unless I know I'm going to like it. And even if I buy a cd I don't usually review it. The reason for this is that I won't review a cd unless I either hate every song in it, or like at least 3/4 of the songs on it. My reviews tend to be pretty scattered and this is no exception. Take it for what it's worth.
About a month ago I came across http://www.wespickering.com/ while browsing blogs. I subscribed to his blogfeed and got a free mp3 Never Wear Me Out, and yes, I liked it enough to go and buy his cd Poetry and Patience. I found that I actually liked every single song on Poetry and Patience. I was surprised by the solid songwriting and generally catchiness of several of his songs. I love to keep little bits of song quotes around from time to time and this cd is full of 'quotables'. His music is all pretty wholesome and upbeat so I can recommend it to anyone without hesitating to think about the content.
Best thing about Poetry and Patience: The songwriting. It's stellar.
Worst thing about Poetry and Patience: The mixing. It's unimpressive and occasionally annoying. I think a producer would do alot to complement all the good things that Wes already has going on in his music.
Overall - I like it alot, and I recommend at least taking a listen.You can check out Wes's website http://www.wespickering.com/ or his myspace. His music is also available on itunes. For a more comprehensive (i.e. less scattered)review check out http://nashvillemusicblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/artist-review-wes-pickering.html . I disagree with it mostly, but you might want to take a look.
I can't wait for Wes Pickering to become more popular so his tabs will show up on http://www.ultimateguitar.com/ . (The best place to get tab on the web.)*Laughs* I can chord some of his songs, but a couple of them are a bit beyond me. Also, I wish he had some videos up on youtube...
UPDATE: Wes put this up, so I thought I would share :)