With Powderhouse Road, Steve Strauss proved himself to be a singer/songwriter of remarkable depth of feeling and sensitivity. This is also true of Just Like Love. The songs of Steve Strauss are, once again, not exactly easy to approach. Maybe some elements of his art can be attributed to his job as a social worker in Vestal, NY. Bitter-sweet melancholy, but also a trace of cynicism gets hold of the listener at the same time.
Steve Strauss sings "about longing. And reaching. And touching. And losing. And then doing it all over again..."
Steve Strauss with his laid-back style of guitar playing (a quality further developed by fellow Stockfisch musicians like Chris Jones) is none other than a poet. You can feel this when he sings of the golden era of youth spent in the shadow of the Argyle Bridge when war was only real in far-off countries. You can feel this when in Angel in the beginning meant to be a comment on life in New York, which after September 11th reached an even deeper level of meaning he sings of emptiness, loneliness, homelessness.
In Just Like Love Strauss creates a mixture of traditional tunes and touchingly naive lyrics (Sunday Best) and critical views of society (as in his cover version of the Springsteen classic Youngstown). While even in Jerusalem (Powderhouse Road) he sounded a bit like T.S. Eliots poem "The Journey of the Magi, the title track Just Like Love and the cryptic The Dirt are introspective musings, and Steves play reaches a dreamlike intensity.
This Hybrid-SACD includes a 16bit hybrid layer and can therefore be played on any CD-Player! SACD Surround sound requires multi-channel SACD player and compatible surround sound system for playback.
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SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
|1. Just Like Love|
|4. Old Crow|
|5. Dead Man's Handle|
|6. Jennie Mae|
|7. Brother Mule|
|8. Sunday Best|
|9. The Dirt|
|10. Lord Franklin|
|12. The Dog and the Dancing Girl|
|13. A Western|
Total playing time, 64:33