Marc di Giacomo's bio says he's been a member of the
Big Earl Band, the Wompus Cats, the Bliss Hounds and
Coaster, and a visit to his MySpace page indicates
he's also singing for Big Lion. But Where You Belong,
his second acoustic album, highlights his strong skills
as a solo songwriter and guitarist, giving his simple
folk melodies, emotive voice and lyrical skills an
opportunity to shine. DiGiacomo cites influences as
varied as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Garcia and
Metallica on his website, but sonically he's more in
the realm of Nick Drake, Cat Stevens and Colin Meloy
(of Decemberists fame).
Several of the songs on Where You Belong could easily
find a home on The Crane Wife, including album opener "Ancient
Sun," with its pleasant melody and quirky, evocative
lyrics ("Tomorrow you'll pour your wine / We'll
sit with the city's / Fortune tellers, together").
Of course, any cover of such a song would likely involve
more than just a single instrument, and one of the
best things about Where You Belong is that it's just
a guy and his guitar, telling simple stories to delight
the listener. Most of these are penned by diGiacomo
himself (From "Sunrise": "Far overhead
blue is strangling black / The stars will be gone /
Before I turn my back"), but several songs come
from other writers, including album closer, Jerry Garcia's "High
Time," an obvious influence on diGiacomo's style.
Dylanesque influences are also readily apparent throughout
the album (especially in the pleasant original "Movin'
On"), and diGiacomo does a good job with Dylan's
Baby Blue, presented here with a somewhat more upbeat
tempo than one might expect.
Favorite Track: "High Time"
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