Review by Gary 'pigboy' Swartz
Too many singers and songwriters have gone "Down to the River." On "No Friend I've Known," I spent more time trying to figure where I'd heard stuff before than on listening to whatever it is Harlan wants to say. Will the real Jack Harlan please stand up? To be fair there's something compelling about "Drive" that raises the hope that Harlan can find his own voice. Doubtless the talent is there. The ability to spin lyrics that speak volumes. Et cetera.
But none of that is all that rare. (One has the image of there being, someday -- a long time coming, one hopes -- legions of Dylan imitators, à la today's Elvis imitators galore.) So for now I'd stick to seeing Harlan live, and cling to the hope that he'll discover there's an audience out there that will be glad to see him do his own, distinctive, thing.
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