The ANN ARBOR NEWS
Steve Amicks words
shine on new CD
"Theres Always Pie," the new acoustic
album by Ann Arborite Steve Amick, puts his lyrics in
the spotlight. Music reviews, B3
Saturday, January 21, 2006
R E C O R D I N G S
Steve Amick CD offers original tunes
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Steve Amick, "Theres Always Pie" (Ratman Records)
Ann Arborite Steve Amick wears many hats, among them novelist
("The Lake, the River & the Other Lake") and singer-songwriter.
"Theres Always Pie" is his new CD of original
The term "quirky" is probably overused, but it applies
in the best possible way on "Pie." Amick is not the
best of singers, butno surprise herehe sure has
a way with words, so much so it would be a real bonus if the
lyrics were included in the liner notes so fans could follow
along. He wears his heart on his sleeve on bittersweet love
songs such as the delectable "Cheese Sandwich," the
funny-melancholy "Wasnt I Great" and the loyalty-inspiring
"I Wanna Be With You." The bouncy "The Arithmetic
of Love" brings Amicks wit to bear on the joys of
a relationship, while "The Song of the Townies" is
bound to resonate with anyone who ever revisits his hometown.
Amicks work is also in the tradition of other local troubadours
who sing of the joys of the Great Lakes State, among them Dick
Siegel, Jay Stielstra and Tim Monger. In fact, Monger shows
up here on a couple tracks, playing the accordion, singing and
delivering a warpath scream on "I Feel Sorry for You (If
You Dont Live Here.)" There are other familiar names
on the disc as well. Jim Roll plays on the CD and served as
its producer/engineer. Brian Lillie, Dave Keeney and Al DiBlassio
stir their respective instruments into the mix. There are other
locals involved as well, proving Amick knows how to choose the
best ingredients when he decides to whip up a "Pie"
a such as this.
The Washington Post called Amick "a cheerful black humorist
who is seriously askew." Lets add that "Pie,"
sliced into 12 tasty tracks, proves that dessert can be a nourishing
meal all by itself. Roger LeLievre, News arts writer.