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Tim Easton

Ammunition – 2006 (New West)

Reviewed by Jason MacNeil

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After making inroads with his last album, "Break Your Mother's Heart," singer-songwriter Tim Easton is back with a lovely slab of warm, soothing tracks that eerily brings to mind Dylan. Just check out "C-Dub" and "News Blackout" for proof.

In no hurry, songs like "Black Dog" takes on a relaxing tone in the vein of Mark Knopfler while "Oh People" has a light, breezy folksy ramble to it. The same can be said for the shuffling, punchy and fantastic "Not Today."

Recorded with little else than an acoustic guitar and the occasional harmonica and sweet harmonies, Easton's simple, but gorgeous "Next To You" that would be well placed against Dylan's "Most Of The Time." And Lucinda Williams stops by for "Back To The Pain."

The greatest asset is how nearly all of these songs have a timeless quality to them. Whether humming along to the swaying downbeat of "I Wish You Well" or the nifty "Before The Revolution," Easton has created a solid album lean on arrangements, but incredibly strong in quality.

As if that wasn't enough, Easton's finest moment is the vitriolic "J.P.M.F.Y.F." that leaves one hanging on every word.