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David Ford
I Sincerely Apologize For All The Trouble I've Caused
Independiente Records

I was first introduced to David Ford when I saw him open for Gomez on one of their more recent tours. I was impressed with his stage presence, and his ability to get extremely sonic all by himself. When I got his record (that was actually released quite a while ago) I was extremely pleased to find that not only did the songs translate well into the studio, but the performances themselves captured enough of that manic stage energy to keep me on the edge of my seat, but also had the perfect touch of studio production to smooth out a few rough edges. I Sincerely Apologize… is a near perfect album, and one that almost seems a bit out of place for a young artist on his first major release.

The songs on I Sincerely Apologize… are filled with a fervor and immediacy that draws the listener into the wildly tumultuous heart of David Ford. Opening track "I Don't Care What You Call Me" begins with softly strummed acoustic guitars that slowly build into a maelstrom of heartfelt emotions. Lamenting the end of a relationship, this song covers musically familiar ground, but does so on its own terms, being lyrically terse and melodically brilliant. "And if you think of me/ it doesn't mean a thing/ so why don't you just tell me/ what you really think again?/ I don't care what you call me/ because it won't hurt anymore." On "State Of The Union", Ford launches into a highly personal diatribe on the current state of political affairs in the US, as well as the world in general. The song could be dismissed on certain terms, except that not only is it a dynamically wondrous arrangement, but Ford's home-style lyrical take on the world's state is easy to fall into empathy with. "Cheer Up (You Miserable Fuck)" draws from the amazingly deep wellspring that drives such dark modern poets as Michael J. Sheehy, combining a lyricism that exceeds that of most timeless bards with a dynamism in music that pulls and pushes, creating stark reaction in the listener's soul. "Cheer up (you miserable fuck)/ this has gone on long enough/ and I don't want to hear anymore/ because if you wait for the day/ you find your thinking bends to straight/ you'll be waiting for a long, long time."

"A Long Time Ago" is a delicately acoustic tune that is the most light hearted on the record, relating circumstances that were the lead up to what appears to have been a wonderful relationship. By the time the album reaches the weirdly Pink Floyd-ian throes of "Don't Tell Me", there is no escape for the listener. You are wrapped in the enthralling saga of David Ford and his unique take on the world around us. The self-deprecating darkness in the lyrics provides sharp counterpoint to the light dirge of the music. "Katie" is the last cry of the involved Romeo to his Juliet for a glimpse of what has gone wrong with their relationship and why they've grown apart. It's heart-rending pop music at its best, with an amazing Hammond organ piece in the bridge. The chimingly beautiful "If You Only" lightens the mood of the record for a brief moment musically while asking some very serious questions. "Laughing Aloud" ends the album with an eight-minute symphony of modern life. The poetry is simply stunning, while the music is liltingly soft and delicate, leaving the heart with a sense of oddly discomforting peace after the battles fought on the rest of the record. ""So question me no questions/ it's a pointless enterprise/ you'll ask and I'll only tell you/ exactly what I think you'll want to hear… because the truth, well it's for students of philosophy/ and faith is for losers like us/ and secrets are for people who intend/ to get away with being in the wrong/ so don't you breathe a word."

I Sincerely Apologize… is not to be construed as music for the casual or uninterested listener. These songs are highly involved, and rate a bit more than the average attention span. In the new crop of songwriter/ singers, David Ford stands among the best. His music has the dynamic passion of Glen Hansard and The Frames, the delicate brilliance of Chris Simpson and The Gloria Record, the earnest charm of early David Gray, and the down-to-earth lyrical sensibilities of a young Paul Simon. It's hard to say if Ford can keep this kind if intensity up for long, but if he can succeed in that, he's got an avid listener - and co-conspirator - for life.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. I Don't Care What You Call Me
2. State Of The Union
3. What Would You Have Me Do
4. Cheer Up (You Miserable F**k)
5. A Long Time Ago
6. Don't Tell Me
7. Katie (What the F**k Is Going On?)
8. If You Only
9. Laughing Aloud

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