Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Corners

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Corners

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Corners, by David LaMotte. Lower Dryad Music.

David LaMotte's sixth album, Comers, fills the void left by sentimental, synthesizer-laden Christian pop-rock and modern rock lyrics about shopping, leather pants, and next year's Infiniti model. An auditory travelogue, its 13 tracks were written in nine locations from Wyoming to France on LaMotte's extensive touring and traveling schedule.

Based in Black Mountain, North Carolina, LaMotte has worked as a musician since he graduated from college about 10 years ago. And with constant touring and recording, he's making a name for himself in roughly the same category as folk musicians Carrie Newcomer and David Wilcox.

This collection spans the distance of the corners of the sky, not only geographically, with songs set in Idaho, Paris, and Louisiana, but also in content. "Northbound" and "Dans La Louisiane" sound like journal entries from one of LaMotte's cross-country tours, while "Janey" and "After the Rain," narrate the fine lines between personal weakness and strength. "French Kiss" is LaMotte's alternative to Britney Spears' version of romance; it is simultaneously witty and romantic: "There's a look of cultivated boredom only teenagers and the French can do. …

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