Nathan Singleton & His Sideshow Tragedy
Itinerant Youth (Nondescript)
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., June 13, 2008
Nathan Singleton & His Sideshow TragedyItinerant Youth (Nondescript)
His debut, an impressive set of stylized Americana, pegged Nathan Singleton as a local artist to watch. Itinerant Youth, his second effort, is a head-scratcher, however. He's turned to the weaker aspects of what he does and expanded on them, while mostly ignoring those things that made him interesting. Although the same influences reign – bits of Dylan, the Waterboys, Chris Whitley – Singleton tries too hard to impress, coming across as a shouter without much to say. Particularly egregious is "The Ballad of Stagolee and the Preacher Man," a story told incisively too many times already and a big signpost to Singleton's lack of originality. Toward the end, "The Fog in the City" lifts for a dark moment of clarity, but it doesn't salvage Itinerant Youth.