Thankfully in an era where the shallow and tacky side of music is promoted with vigour, its refreshing to listen to someone who illustrates how music should be written and performed. Dan Wilde’s debut album “This Is The Place” highlights what a fine songwriter Dan is, with tracks which are poignant, reflective and has the listener nodding in agreement, with the statements and thoughts throughout the 12 track album. Although the first track “Nearest I Have To A Home” is probably my favourite, the rest of the album is of such quality that it never disappoints, and many other tracks run it very close. The listener can easily identify with songs such as “Cold” and “Unkind” and if/how we could have done things differently in our lives, to a heart-warming feel with “Opened My Eyes” and the memorable final track “It Hurts To Reminisce”. If there is any justice in the music world of 2011, then Dan will receive the recognition this thoughtful and talented singer-songwriter deserves.
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