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Ben DeLaurentis - Liar for a Muse

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Ben DeLaurentis, after tracking three albums with a band, has taken the solo plunge with Liar for a Muse. The album title alone is a curiosity. If an artist cannot trust one's muse, who can he/she trust? He obviously trusts himself because he played almost all the instruments on this album.

DeLaurentis' band is Steal the Prize, and he is based in Lynchburg, Virginia. He's also a lifer when it comes to making music, having started out way back in middle school. The songs on the album have a distinctively singer/songwriter-ly vibe. For instance, "Whatever Side of Me" swings to a bit of a jazz groove, while "Mind All Mine" is infused with sweetness.

In some cases, this music has a bit of a chamber pop feel. DeLaurentis seems to have been in a quiet mood when he created these songs. The album's overall sound hearkens back to the gentler days of the 70s singer/songwriter movement. Only DeLaurentis tends to choose major key melodies for his songs. No Neil Young, James Taylor or Joni Mitchell downer music here.

This is one strong and confident effort.

Ben DeLaurentis - Liar for a Muse
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