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JOSH SMALL
Josh Small (Pop Faction)

Reviewed by Erick Mertz



Josh Small has something very few people have, and that is the wry ability to curse and admonish throughout his self-titled album, and without the slightest bit of irony. Drunkenness and debauched mind sets so often sound glib and forced; perhaps so, but not with Small, not at all. He tells an unfortunate girl on "Pushing Boulders" that he really didn't like how she looked on some bygone day; the song "Fall Motherfuckers Fall" is built on an unsavory sentiment spun in the face of all comers.

Josh's diminutive moniker might beg an image that is belied by a big mouth.

Small's sound on this record is just that: small. Its recordings are often constructed of banjo, slide guitar and mandolin - all instruments played by Small, with Duncan Adams providing harmony. It's a formula that sheds everything save for the necessary, and one of those needs is a sense of bile and disgust that a bigger sound would all but undermine the meaning of.

[Pick this up at www.popfaction.com.]

© 2005 - Erick Mertz