Even though it’s only January, I have a CD already on my Best of 2011 list. “The Next Right Thing” is the sophomore release on MPress for singer-songwriter Seth Glier
. This musician from Massachusetts has assurance well beyond his 22-years.
The CD opens with the title track. It only includes vocals, drums and percussion coming in under 2 minutes. A unique way to take the listener into the next dozen tracks. There are also two short instrumental transition pieces among the 13 tracks. “Beauty in the Breakdown” is one of the songs that have a brief instrumental introduction which helps the song build. “Walk Katie Home” and “What The Others Have Done” tell stories in about 4 minutes. “First” gives you the hint that this is a young lyricist with a line referring to high school sweethearts who keep the zip code where their folks live. The song also includes current events like what’s going on in Detroit and Bagdad. You may write about what you know, but with Mr. Glier you can relate to the images he paints no matter what your age. My favorite track is “Lauralee” This song sounds like Ellis Paul joining with Coldplay (really!) Edwin McCain provides backing vocals on “I Don’t Need You”. Mr. Glier has performed over 200 shows and “No Place to Land” talks about missing someone while out on the road.
Mr. Glier’s friends / mentors / fans include the likes of James Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Ellis Paul, Maia Sharp, Edwin McCain, Stephen Kellogg, and The Verve Pipe. I too am a fan of Mr. Glier and this CD. I’ve seen Mr. Glier open for Livingston Taylor and Maia Sharp. I look forward to the day Mr. Glier earns his status as a headliner.
Barb S - Sunday Mix Host