Eric Dahl fancies himself a poet, but there's little stimulating poetry on Live by Your Word. He's also a singer-songwriter, but his raspy vocals aren't very musical, and his songs are mostly rote. Dahl gets lots of expert help on his third disc from local vets Ernie Durawa, Floyd Domino, Howard Kalish, and others, which allows him to attempt quite a few rootsy styles. The best, soul shouter "Book of Love," gets buried among the dross.
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