Enough acoustic for anyone

Dan Israel turns out another album that meets expectations

Adrienne Baker

Pining for the good old days of a man, a stool, a guitar and a microphone?

Dan Israel’s album “Time I Get Home” is for music listeners drawn to the classic sounds of acoustic singer-songwriters.

Israel’s album is saturated with nostalgic lyrics drawing on themes of dreams and hopes. Unfortunately, these dreams are nothing if not familiar. Each track seems unnecessarily laden with road metaphors. Most of the songs incorporate typical rock drums to complement the acoustic guitar and solo vocals.

The second track on the album, “All the Phonies,” stands out. It is different in a variety of ways – from sound to musical intent. The electric guitar is energetic and active. Hostile and abrasive lyrics, in combination with the musical change, clash with the rest of the album.

Israel’s deep, gruff voice is the most engaging element of “Time I Get Home.” It becomes a dynamic variation against the simple melodies. For those who enjoy the sound of the Wallflowers and the vocal style of its frontman Jakob Dylan or his famous father, this album is likely to sit well with your tastes.

Israel’s album is not for dancing or rocking out. With its mellow, low key style, it’s likely to appeal to listeners in the mood to sit back, relax and zone out.