The furore that surrounds artists who have been caught lip-syncing, such as Rihanna or Beyoncé, seems to mask the real issue: a lot of singers don’t sound as good live as they do in the studio. Now, you may be tempted to give in to the natural urge to find someone to blame for this (in which case Cher is a worthy candidate). Or, you could turn your head to a very different kind of artist: White Denim.
And well, if one contrasts the album version of White Denim’s ‘Street Joy’ with their live renditions, the band’s entirely opposite, perhaps unique problem becomes blatantly obvious – they just don’t sound nearly as good when recorded. But ‘A Place To Start’ hints that they may finally have found the solution: Jeff Tweedy. The iconic Wilco frontman produced two tracks on their forthcoming album, Corsicana Lemonade, including ‘A Place To Start’. It’s a swaying, jazzy ballad that’s full of the dynamism that’s so present in the band’s live performances. It’s a song that showcases the talents of each member of the band, in which each different sound is definitive and distinct, and yet blends together beautifully. It seems they needed a Midas touch to get them to finally sound like themselves.
Listen to full album stream here.