Title - 'Page One' (Rounder)
Artist - Steven Page
"I set a course for a new shore, but it looked like the one that I sailed before, and I'd hoped this time it would be different," Page sings on the opening sea-influenced song, 'A New Shore.' And, he couldn't be speaking any more truth if he tried, for Page One sounds just like a BNL CD - save for the really OTT lyrics and slapstick choruses.
That said, Page, come the final track, 'The Chorus Girl' does strive to make this CD his own solo venture. But, with that distinctive (BNL) voicee, those harmonized backing vocals, well, he hasn't dare drift too far from what's in his musical blood.
Looking older, grey in his hair, glasses back on, a much-slimed down Page takes deep, everyday lyrical content - 'Indecision,' the truly reality-based 'Clifton Springs,' 'Entourage,' and 'Marry Me' - and spins them back to us, incorporating verses of hope for us all. Indeed, none more so than the quietly-paced 'All The Young Monogamists.' A song that, as you get older, relates to some 75% of the divorced population, one thinks!
Having assembled a veritable who's-who of behind-the-scenes people to help him on this debut solo outing - including, co-producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Paul Westerberg), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and even Prince's horn section - the third act of the CD brings us the swing-infused 'Leave Her Alone'; a song that would give Buble a run for his money, to be sure.