Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Recording Review: Successful Singer-Songwriter Is Right on Target with His Seventh Album

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Recording Review: Successful Singer-Songwriter Is Right on Target with His Seventh Album

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Joshua Radin

The Fall

(Self-released)

Joshua Radin's The Fall presents a cogent case for allowing a singer-songwriter to choose how to present his wares. In the course of a decade, Radin got on the radar by placing his songs in such films and TV shows as Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy, but this album, his seventh, is his first self-produced effort. With unassuming economy, he hits the bullseye.

Radin's approach gives prominence to his shimmering, strummed acoustics. Their laconic shuffle gives his songs an insouciant Paul Simon-style swagger. Radin's lyrics, delivered in his airy tenor, zero in on striking images-a musician going down with the ship on "Song for You," and "a pocket watch without any hands" on "Keep the Darkness"-which draw on his former occupation as a screenwriter. …

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