Love Never Walks a Straight Line
Review by Erik Deckers from Indie-Music.com When you first hear Michael Kevin Daly's new CD, Love Never Walks a Straight Line, you're immediately awash in his American roots rock sound, replete with all it's influences and musical siblings. Love is Daly's second solo album (he is also a former member of Celtic band, Skye, which released a CD in the 90s), which was a long time coming, given his long and storied music career. His is the sound of the seasoned veteran, both in music and in life. He sings with the soul and depth you expect from other roots singer-songwriters, like Chris DiCroce, Andy Scheinman, and - dare I say it? - John Mellencamp. Daly is a wanderer, someone who enjoys his time on the road. Songs like "Sideroads" and "Sailing Away" ("Sometimes I hear the wind call my name, crying out to sail away") tell of his wanderlust. Even the haunting "Ghost Lover" gives the listener a sense of loss and leaving ("I lost my love to the summer winds, it stole her heart from where it's been, there's a ghost lover walking in her shoes.") It's more than just the lyrics hooked me. Daly's whiskey voice and acoustic guitar provide plenty of pull as well. He's got the typical folk voice, one that's easy to sing along to. He's smooth, accessible, and pure listening pleasure. Daly's not a one-trick pony either. He can also play the cittern and mando-guitar. Now if I can just get someone to explain what a cittern is, I'll be suitably impressed. But it was the title track that kept me coming back to the album. So many times, in fact, that I finally burned the CD to my iPod so I didn't have to keep fiddling with the CD player, and could use the single-song repeat feature. Typically I don't appreciate the male singer-songwriters as much as the female of the species. But Michael Kevin Daily has scored a definite win in the age-old "boys versus girls" competition. He is one of my new favorites, and I'll keep his album on my iPod for ready access.