Bob Delevante - Columbus and the Colossal Mistake
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Columbus and the Colossal Mistake (Relay, 2006)

Bob Delevante

Reviewed by Jacquilynne Schlesier

One of Bob Delevante's great gifts as a songwriter is his ability to write songs which are humorous and good-natured, but balance them with poignancy and truth so they never descend to mere novelty.

The title track is certainly light - it compares an accidental meeting with just the right woman to Columbus's discovery of America - but it's filled with such sincerity that you barely notice the frivolity. Even lighter, but equally engaging, is "Texarkana State of Mind." It appears on the album in two versions - one with a little jawharp mixed in, and the other with a lot of jawharp mixed in.

By contrast, "Venice is Sinking" is almost mournful, with a plaintive harmonica to underscore the message about inevitable ends. In "Like a Meadowlark Blues," Buddy Miller contributes a bluesy guitar line to a poetic track about the troubles of being a musician. Emmylou Harris adds her voice to the sweetly romantic "The Things I Long To Hear."As a final touch, a collection of black and white prints chosen from Delevante's photography portfolio are tucked into the CD case, complimenting an already excellent album.

CDs by Bob Delevante

Columbus and the Colossal Mistake, 2006

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