Will Kimbrough - Wings
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Wings (Daphne, 2010)

Will Kimbrough

Reviewed by Andy Turner

On his fifth solo effort, Will Kimbrough succeeds with a simple, but soulful approach that is as engaging as it is quietly low-key. An in-demand songwriter, he has plenty of nuggets on "Wings" that will likely attract the interest of other performers. The title track was co-penned by Jimmy Buffett, who includes his version of the song on his latest effort along with two other Kimbrough co-writes and Daddy's Nobody from Nowhere.

Kimbrough has indicated his novel intention (it's 2010, goshdarnit!) that "Wings" be listened to and considered as a whole album. Obliging Kimbrough's wishes is undoubtedly rewarding as you become immersed in the subtlety intriguing instrumentation, the hopefulness in his voice and Kimbrough's (and his co-writers') more than capable way with words, which skillfully sort through the pleasures and pains of daily life, especially as a member of a family. If you insist on pulling out just a few songs, go for the slinky It Ain't Cool, Let Me Be Your Frame, featuring a gorgeous duet with Dawn Kinnard or the radio-ready Big Big Love, one of three songs here spotlighting the distinctive lyrical skills of Jeff Finlin. Then again, scratch that, Kimbrough's latest is really worth your full attention.

CDs by Will Kimbrough

Sideshow Love, 2014 Wings, 2010 Americanitis, 2006

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