Headlight in the Sun
There are certain artists who blow their wad on their first album (Boston, The Strokes, perhaps even The Knack). After that, their career is a pathetic series of attempts to regain the magic and majesty of their early days. But some only get better with time. Their artistry grows and develops with each album, and each album becomes an event (instead of fodder for 99¢ bins). Joshua Path is, most certainly, one of those artists. And Headlight In The Sun, Path's fifth album, is solid evidence of this. Path has never been easy to categorize. You could list him under the "indie-alternative-singer/songwriter" label, but that would be a mistake. In fact, the title "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" seems far more appropriate for Joshua Path than The Arctic Monkeys. And on Headlight In The Sun, Joshua Path proves he is the ultimate musical shape shifter. On Track One, Path plunges head first into a solid radio hit on the title track, "Headlight In The Sun," an ode to someone who pursued stardom, but tragically never achieved it. From there, Path transitions from a hit song into what could be (and should be) an utter monster, "Sleep In Your Sunshine," a lover's anthem if ever there was one. But "Spider Of Love" shows that we're listening to a true singer/songwriter, and not Nickelback. With the artistic prowess of Elliot Smith and ethereal musings similar to Tori Amos, Path deftly sings about...well, I'm not exactly sure what, but it's damn good. In the end, I can only quote George Bernard Shaw: 'There are two great tragedies in life. One is to not get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.' On this eloquent and impassioned CD, Joshua Path may be writing about the first tragedy. But after writing and recording songs such as these, he's bound to experience the second. -Sid Marceau Indie News, Ltd.