James Parenti has been playing intimate acoustic performances in New York City and throughout the Northeastern US since 2007. After honing his craft for years his exceptional debut album, "Maybe That's Why We Lost” was finally released back in 2011. The album is filled with delicate, intimate songs that are meticulously crafted. The songwriting here is what ultimately makes this a great album. Little more then a guitar and vocals is present throughout most of the album and the occasional dry drum kit with a set of brushes. Not unlike Elliot Smith’s recording-style, Parenti overdubs the vocals, which give it an even more intimate feel, and really works well in the context of the songs.
The album starts with “Your Frame” which is laced with a somber ambience that contains beautiful vocals, poetic lyrics and just the right amount of solace that will have you hooked. The albums doesn’t let down with the second song entitled “Catching Snakes” which introduces some light drum work with brushes and visits themes about attachment and love. The album is consistent and there really isn’t a dud among the mix. With so many good songs it’s the kind of album of albums that you press play once, drink your preferred alcoholic beverage and enjoy the finely crafted songs. If I had to pick, then it would be “Lyla,” “Nothing Here for You” and “Winter” as my highlights among the goodness. Don’t pass this one up if you appreciate a well-recorded album that has excellent songwriting.
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