Songwriter Showcase: Donavon Frankenreiter
By Gary Schwind
Donavon Frankenreiters self-titled debut
is a good summer CD. The songs are melodic, mellow and easygoing,
as they should be since they were sung by a southern Californian and recorded
in Hawaii. Frankenreiter shows real talent as a singer/songwriter
and displays some pretty good chops, particularly on the closing bluesy
song Swing on Down.
The most memorable part of this album for
me is in Free, featuring Jack Johnson (Brushfire Fairytales). The
beginning of this song reminds me of Raindrops Keep Fallin on my Head.
Thats not a bad thing. After all, who doesnt want to sing along
whenever they hear that old BJ Thomas song?
However, there is one thing on this album
that I cant quite get past. Donavon Frankenreiter sounds a lot like
Jack Johnson. My first thought was that having Jack Johnson sing
on this album was completely superfluous. After a little research,
I found that Jack Johnson produced the album and released it on his own
Brushfire Records. Still, perhaps it wasnt the best idea to have
two singers that sound like Jack Johnson one the same album. Frankenreiter
also reminds me of Clarence Bucaro, particularly on the song Call Me Papa.
While all of the songs on this album are
decent enough, not one of them really stands out. That being said,
if you like Jack Johnsons Brushfire Fairytales or Clarence Bucaros
Sweet Corn, youll probably really enjoy this too.
It Don't Matter
Free - (featuring Jack Johnson)
On My Mind
What'cha Know About - (featuring G. Love)
Bend In The Road
Make You Mine
Call Me Papa
So Far Away
Swing On Down
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