Reading the credits of Josh Danielsâ€™ Nothing but My Soul to Lose is a lot like reading a list of whoâ€™s who in Athens music. Daniels gets some help from Andrew Heaton (Packway Handle Band), Karolyn Troupe (Venice Is Sinking) and a whole host of others who add much needed sparkle to an otherwise average album.
Soul is a collection of singer-songwriter-driven, easy-going, country-tinged numbers. â€œVolcanoâ€ is a standout track featuring John Watkins on keys and Troupe adding sweet harmonies over Danielsâ€™ plaintive singing. The Watkins/Troupe duo lend the song a bit more tension, giving â€œVolcanoâ€ more gravity than it may have had if Daniels had gone it alone. Instrumental pick-fest â€œGovernors Reelâ€ is another highlight, providing a much needed diversion from the record’s monotony.
Daniels closes with a cover of Otis Reddingâ€™s soul classic â€œSittinâ€™ on the Dock of the Bay,â€ which exemplifies Danielsâ€™ laid-back, â€œgather-around-the-campfire-togetherâ€ style. What it lacks in passion it makes up for in warmth; Daniels’ delivery is smooth, relaxed and inviting. If youâ€™re up for soft guitar and sweet harmonies, by all means, sing along.
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