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CHAD PRICE – SMILE SWEET FACE


Drag The River/All singer Chad Price’s solo debut is in the running for album of the year and as far as I am concerned it’s there without a doubt. I’ve had this album for a few days now and I have been trying to put how I felt about into words and failing. To start with I love the album from start to finish but I haven’t been able to find the words to impart how Smile Sweet Face makes me feel. I can’t review this album by just telling you how cool Chad’s lyrics are or how the understated acoustic accompaniment sounds amazing. There is something more to this album than just sounding good and having the right hook at the right place. It makes me feel something and last night I was finally able to put my finger on what that thing is. It feels like coming down…

I don’t mean it feels like crashing after a weekend of doing blow like a Wall Street trader in the nineties. I mean that Chad Price has created a mood across this album that feels like the sweat filled moment after sex where you fall back on the bed exhausted but more than satisfied. The slow chords and Chad’s heartfelt vocals slow everything around you down just a little bit. The opening line in The Cross is “It feels good when the sun’s out, feels good with my arms outstretched on this cross” and only gets better from there. With the mood waxing and waning across these ten tracks I suppose this album won’t be one that everyone likes. Actually I know it won’t because my brother just didn’t get it and all I could do is stare at him dumbfounded and confused. I guess if you are anything like him then you probably won’t feel any empathy when Chad belts out “Between church and a meth lab / can’t go on living without her laugh”. If you fall into that crowd then I truly feel sorry for you.

But you already knew I would like Chad’s solo effort considering how much I dig Drag The River didn’t you? What surprised me is how much this wasn’t a Drag The River album. I expected more Caleb’s Grave and what I got was something completely different. This is a different baring of the soul than the stuff Chad has done with DTR and rightfully so. This isn’t DTR minus Jon Snodgrass it is a powerful and moving collection of stripped down, soul baring, sometimes keening tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Chad Price - This War     

Chad Price - With Bleeding Wrists     

Chad Price - Your Voice Is Music     

You can pick this up over at Suburban Home in just about any format you like. I recommend grabbing the deal, I don’t know how long they’ll offer it for, where you get access to everything they release for life starting with this very record…

7 Comments

  1. Nick Nick
    October 13, 2009    

    “If you fall into that crowd then I truly feel sorry for you.”

    Perfect

  2. MikeD MikeD
    October 13, 2009    

    There really are no words….

  3. October 14, 2009    

    thanks for the great review. I am really excited for people to start hearing this. Glad you dig it.

  4. October 14, 2009    

    Virgil this made it onto my iPod the day I got it. That’s something because the iPod lives in my truck and I was parked on the roof of the garage, didn’t leave the office for lunch, and still hiked to the truck to get the iPod and put Chad’s stuff on there. Of course I have been a Chad fan for years, like, since the ALL days so there’s no shock that I loved this one.

    Speaking of your Chad’s other bands you oughta see my ten year old with his headphones on singing along to “Caleb’s Grave” which is his current favorite song…

  5. October 22, 2009    

    there needs to be a video of your son singing along to Caleb’s Grave, that rules!

  6. September 3, 2010    

    Love this album. I get in moods… Sometimes I want to hear some full band music, and other I just want some folky/ acoustic goodness. This fits the bill when I’m in that folky mood. Great stripped down album. I can only hope for a follow up in the near future.

  7. Mata Mata
    April 29, 2012    

    Impressive! i listen all days, whit my soon too!

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