Cisco - 7740 Valmont St.
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7740 Valmont St. (Little Dog, 2004)


Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Cisco looks a little too much like the death-wishing Keith Richards staring out from the cover photo of "7740 Valmont St.," his second release: He's just too young to look that old. His songs - about people, places and unlikely circumstances - make him sound like he's already been through a few lifetimes of human experience already, however.

The middle-America-affirming "Miss America" reveals his traditional country affinity with the line: "I pick Johnny Cash/I never cared for that Nashville trash." Additionally, he brings to mind John Mellencamp's small town-loving vibe during his harmonica-colored title track, and Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" with "Say A Prayer."

Cisco also reveals his deep appreciation for familiar country lyrical sentiments with "The Other Side," which speaks about how he was raised the God-fearing way, while it lays out his desire for a heavenly life-after-death. Other musical influences include a little bit of Jackson Browne with the acoustic piano-underpinned "One Day," and '70s pop rock (worthy of Linda Ronstadt back in the day) of "I'm Yours." Sure, he looks like a surviving Stone, but he sounds a whole lot closer to a solo Wallflower than anything in today's country music.

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