Box Heart Man

Box Heart Man

by Mark Dignam

CD

Overview

Mark Dignam begins this album with a light and dreamy blend of pop and alt country on "Divine," which describes the track quite well. Coming from a crop of singer/songwriters who would include Josh Ritter and Josh Rouse, Dignam uses his strong timbre to nail each song to near perfection in the way Ryan Adams honed Gold. "Build" on the other hand is a kind of electro-roots tune with a political message that ambles along easily thanks to Dignam's brilliant melody, a talent that the musician seems to create constantly. "Hope" is more radio-friendly in a pop mode and could be mistaken for the Go-Betweens with the dual harmonies. Perhaps the lone effort that could be mildly disappointing is "Pinwheel" which seems like a patio pop tune in the vein of John Mayer. The miscue is atoned for with the gorgeous, precious and somewhat hymn-like "Ghosts" that has the singer downplaying the vocals in an almost monotone fashion à la a Celtic Lou Reed. The mid-tempo and infectious "Jane" could often be mistaken for a track by the Proclaimers, but Dignam gives it more bite here. Perhaps the highlight is "Kindred" which is a simple roots tune but with the singer opening up vocally and melodically. A close second, though, is the melancholic and very vivid "Deceiver" that is pure Americana from an Irish perspective. On the whole Box Heart Man is an album extremely well-crafted and adventurous at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Times Beach
UPC: 0709764902123
catalogNumber: 21

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Dignam   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass,Vox Organ
Phil Durr   Electric Guitar
Chuck Hughes   Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Audra Kubat   Background Vocals
Ethan Daniel Davidson   Bass
Eric Hoegemeyer   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,electronics
Jason Charboneau   Cello
Chuck Hughes   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Dale Wilson   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Dignam   Arranger,Composer
Eric Hoegemeyer   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer

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