CD Review: Petesimple – Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
In keeping with my recent article on the Urban Americana scene developing in Houston Texas I will review a series of CD projects that support my claim. My review of Matt Harlan – Tips and Compliments was the first review in this series and, as promised, there will be more to follow. Hardcore Americana fans may or may not agree with me yet but as with any new and emerging music genre there is a bit of an acceptance curve. New and unorthodox music styles are incorporated to enhance an existing style and take it to the next wrung of the ladder – with the hardcore fans usually being the last to take the next step. But in the end, historically speaking, a new music emerges pleasing old and new fans alike. The band PeteSimple, fronted by Pete Lippincott, is truly influential in the Houston Urban Americana movement and a must see live show!!! With that said, I shall now share my thoughts on the new PeteSimple CD.
First of all, the name “Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia” hereafter referred to as “the CD” (try to say that title three times fast – hell I can’t even say it one time slow) – the definition is quite simple – “the fear of long words”… The title illustrates one of the things I like most about this act – they don’t take themselves too seriously and they have fun with the music (ok that’s two things) making their live performance totally engaging and enjoyable. The band configuration changes on a per show basis but the key elements remain the same – well written songs and an engaging performance.
The music is easy on the ears. From the ethereal and engaging arrangement of “Mountain Song” to the whimsical shuffle feel and tower of power style horns of “It Ain’t Much”. It is clear to me that Pete Lippincott is an amazingly talented songwriter, arranger and producer with the insight of a true visionary.
In My humble opinion – “the CD” is totally enjoyable from start to finish and definitely worth a listen. If not convinced at first listen, give it a second, third, fourth, fifth…
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