Danielson, 'Best of Gloucester County' (Sounds Familyre)

Best of Gloucester County
Critical Mass
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Label: Sounds Familyre

by Spencer Kornhaber

When squeaky-voiced savant Daniel C. Smith begins his jubilantly diverse eighth album by announcing that he's "opening up the Book of Daniel," it's more of an autobiographical than Biblical proclamation. On tracks like "This Day Is a Loaf," Smith hints that he has battled complacency in the years since 2005's intensely collaborative, slightly punchier Ships. And on "But I Don't Want to Sing About Guitars," he unpacks the adjusted artist's challenge: How to write authentically about a mundane life? Smith's answer involves screwball hooks, surreal evangelizing, and drunken-troubadour gusto.

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