Chances Are

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Singer/songwriter Patrick Davis toes the line between roots rock and polished pop throughout this record, with "This Life" getting the 11-song effort off on initially proper footing. The concluding verses sound far cleaner though than the opening, making it a bit uneven. Most of the album is musically safe although there are a few looser and finer songs, including the melodic roots pop of "It's Only Love." The tune recalls just a touch of John Mellencamp despite the needless female harmonies. For the most part though, Davis hits the mark with a fine turn of phrase and soft yet infectious arrangement. He even opts for strings on the rich "Just Like the Nite," which could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Singer/songwriter Patrick Davis toes the line between roots rock and polished pop throughout this record, with "This Life" getting the 11-song effort off on initially proper footing. The concluding verses sound far cleaner though than the opening, making it a bit uneven. Most of the album is musically safe although there are a few looser and finer songs, including the melodic roots pop of "It's Only Love." The tune recalls just a touch of John Mellencamp despite the needless female harmonies. For the most part though, Davis hits the mark with a fine turn of phrase and soft yet infectious arrangement. He even opts for strings on the rich "Just Like the Nite," which could be mistaken for Five for Fighting or Joe Firstman. The early watershed moment is the stellar "Can't Stop Rolling," a mix of Kevin Welch and early Steve Earle. "Well, the chances are I'll never be a star/But that's all right/Just as long as I can sing my songs in a small town on a Saturday night," he sings on the song that hits close to home. The middle of the record is a bit weak with an average "Rock Myself" and a barren traditional country duet on "Faithless Heart." A great surprise is the catchy, down-home mountain flavor of "Maybe Tonight" as Davis nails the song perfectly. But just as surprising is the sloppy, jazzy barroom tone to "Roll 'n' Roll Woman" with the musician giving a performance only fans of Sawyer Brown could appreciate. Thankfully he returns to his strengths with "Scared to Dream." People might see a lot of the blue-collar Springsteen in his music, but this debut album is a good first step in his own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: DESTINATION UNKNOWN
  • UPC: 829757241128
  • Catalog Number: 2411

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Life (3:31)
  2. 2 Only Love (4:32)
  3. 3 Just Like the Nite (4:54)
  4. 4 Can't Stop Rolling (4:51)
  5. 5 Rock Myself (3:53)
  6. 6 Faithless Heart (4:33)
  7. 7 Maybe Tonite (3:51)
  8. 8 Nowhere Town (4:17)
  9. 9 Rock 'N' Roll Woman (4:23)
  10. 10 Scared to Dream (4:01)
  11. 11 Ooh Las Vegas (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrick Davis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Bryan Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Leslie Hall Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Dean Felber Bass
Charlton Singleton Trumpet
Ward Williams Strings
Gary Greene Percussion, Drums
Matt Evans Strings
Herbie Jeffcoat Electric Guitar
Joal Rush Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gram Parsons Composer
Steve Stills Composer
Rick Grech Composer
Mark Bryan Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer
Steve Tveit Engineer
Billy Huelin Engineer
Patrick Davis Composer
Zach Buckley Engineer
Steve Tviet Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Singer-Songwriter Driven Rock and Roll

    If you like Americana-inspired music with a rock and roll twist, like Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams or Tom Petty, then you're not going to want to miss out on this album. All the songs are written by Patrick, except the Gram Parsons cover of Ooh Las Vegas. This guy's voice is incredible- a country-soul sort of vibe- minus the twang. Very strong and distinct. I can't wait for more music from this guy!!

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