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Daniel Romano

  • Come Cry With Me [Normaltown, 2013] B+
  • If I've Only One Time Askin' [Smog Veil, 2015] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Come Cry With Me [Normaltown, 2013]
Displaced Canadian "middle child" cultivates honky-tonk misery so extreme it dallies with the absurd--misery that all began when his mama sent him away and kept his sister and brother. In a voice that's sometimes so deep it serves as its own mournful echo chamber, he counts pillows, balances obligations, takes on an acting job to keep his ex guessing, detaches his heart from his chest, and declines to reveal the true story of Chicken Bill, leaving us wondering whether it's Bill or Daniel who fools around with the gender instability of "When I Was Abroad." B+

If I've Only One Time Askin' [Smog Veil, 2015]
A normalization move even if the title song romances a prostitute, and I miss the oddball ("Learning to Do Without Me," "Two Word Joe") **