Before I devote a single word to describing Daniel Snow's music, I need to say the album cover for Come Find Me is one of the most eye-catching I've seen in recent memory. According to his profile, Snow is the winner of the 2009 New Mexico Music Award for Best Rock-Adult Contemporary. Come Find Me is inspired by one of those nights when one goes too hard, too fast, too far, the night that everybody is allowed to have at least once or dozens of times. Snow, to his credit, woke up blessed with a black eye on the New York metro two hours before he was supposed to return to his native New Mexico. I'm skeptical of the influence though. The music is gentle, not fragile. It's not erratic. It may carry the regret of a blackout drunk, but none of the sloppiness of it. The guitar playing is melancholy, and Snow sounds levelheaded, rarely pushing his whispered lyrics in any other direction besides him being a soppy individual. In fact, Come Find Me goes better with a latte with whipped cream than it does a pint of ale.
Snow eschews the comparisons to John Mayer and Jack Johnson, which are inevitable as they are destructive to his own musicianship. Why buy another cow when two are giving you plenty of milk already? Snow's song crafting ability is not weak, by any means, and there are several very endearing moments throughout the album. His methods just sound tired and true, reliable but waning as the songs progress. Even so, there's some guitar work on "The Prayer" that may very well force you to question your sexuality, if in regards specifically to Snow. Truth be told, there's not a whole lot of substance. It's got a style familiar to most people, the production is on-point, and there are few creative touches besides some moments of ambient bliss, and even then they're primarily found in the reggae-influenced "Bella.” As Snow sings on the penultimate "Your Secret Song,” I hate to say I told you so. He is a confident musician who'll resonate with people who enjoy this type of quiet 40-oz. music. Snow has obviously found his sound on Come Find Me. Will you find yours in his songs?
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