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MUSIC REVIEW: Optimism comes through

Jason Starr/summit daily news

If there were a musical genre called “sweet optimism,” Eddie Elliott would be its Elvis. Elliott, the Maryland native, Hollywood veteran and Arizona resident has made an art out of lifting people’s spirits. The writing, rhythm and melodies on his third album, “This Time,” leave the listener with the feeling that life is good indeed.Elliott will lift Summit County’s spirits over two nights this weekend – today and Saturday at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone.On “This Time,” Elliott and his band play a mellow style of folk and groove rock reminiscent of Wilco, David Gray and The Counting Crows. It is mostly soulful and earnest and above all optimistic.”My hopes are high for the unborn child of mine,” he proclaims on his danceable, Calypso-influenced song, “Sound of Your Voice.”That’s not to say Elliott can’t get angry. On “Teleprompter Puppet,” he attacks political and pop culture in a Neil-Young-in-“Southern Man” type of way.Elliott sings, “A man’s not short for mannequin … A teleprompter puppet wins the president’s seat … we need a real man.”Another interesting diversion is “Willy Wonka Revisited.” Remember the boat scene in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” where Wonka takes his passengers on a chaotic boat ride all the while staying calm and reciting some cryptic poem?Elliott quotes Wonka from that scene in a musically spastic song that could have been the soundtrack to that scene.Mostly though, this album is soulful and uplifting. Songs like “Sweet Sister,” “Build a Bridge” and “All the Good People” are as positive as their titles sound.Elliott makes the whiny tendencies of his voice work the same way that R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe does, and the instrumentation, if not spectacular, leaves nothing to be desired.- Jason Starr


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