Monday, November 30, 2015

EP Review: 'Not The Boy You Used To Know' by Micah Schnabel

Title:  Not The Boy You Used To Know (BandCamp)
Artist:  Micah Schnabel (Twitter, BandCamp, Big Cartel, Last.fm)

As one of the voices behind the criminally underrated and under-appreciated Two Cow Garage, Micah Schnabel has proven to be a brilliant songwriter with a passionate and desperate voice.  His latest solo EP Not The Boy You Used To Know is another shinning example of how undeniably talented and special this man truly is.  While this five song EP doesn't stray too far from what one would expect from a member of TCG, it does give Schnabel the freedom to spread his wings a bit adding some touches of Spanish guitar ("Bang! Bang! Bang!") and doo-wop ("Not The Boy You Used To Know") to his mixture of folk, punk, country, and rock.  Lyrically Schnabel has always had a knack for expressing the truth of misfit life in America and Not The Boy You Used To Know is no different.  These songs speak straight to the heart through personal stories that beautifully resonate with the listener, letting us know that we are most certainly not alone in this mess.  For years I have said that John Moreland is the best songwriter alive; I think it's safe to say that Micah Schnabel is a very close second.

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