Big Red Sun (n / a)
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., April 20, 2007
Big Red Sun (North Star Media)
David Newbould has quite a history. Originally from Toronto, the earnest singer-songwriter caused quite a stir in New York City before moving to Austin. Previous to Big Red Sun, his first full-length, Newbould issued three EPs and had his songs featured on TV's Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia, and more. Possessing all the ingredients to be River City's next 'It Boy,' he's missing only originality. He's gathered local all-stars Cindy Cashdollar, Redd Volkaert, Warren Hood, Danny Levin, and Jon Dee Graham to back him, but Newbould's material brings to mind the introspective folk and stout country rock of Ryan Adams minus the irritating attitude to be sure yet also without a mature lyrical or melodic sensibility. There's a huge market for this brand of semifolk, but songs like "Goldmines," "Dakota," and the title track offer nothing new for those interested in songs colored other than beige.