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Sam Bisbee is apparently the Son of a Math Teacher, and why would he bother to lie about that? Bisbee wears his heart on his sleeve enough on this album that one is inclined to believe he must be telling the truth (or something rather close to it) as he informs us that he's decided he's ready to fall in love with someone ("This Is the Day"), he wants to talk to that person right now and not just leave them a message ("Ringtone"), and he knows that they're the only people in the world who matter ("You Me We and Us"). Bisbee's songs veer back and forth between subdued singer/songwriter material ("Vermont," "Curves of Your Body") and uptempo pop
ock ("Parachute" "Letter B"), that should please aging new wave guys, and regardless of the tempo he can write a clever, well-crafted melody with smart lyrics, usually about love, how to get it, and the problems that arise when it isn't around. Bisbee produced the sessions with Bo Boddie and Britt Myers, and Son of a Math Teacher's craft is impeccable, but despite the skill displayed here on nearly every level and Bisbee's willingness to bare his soul, there's something curiously uninvolving about this music -- he tells these stories well, and they have the ring of truth, but at the same time it's hard not to feel like as if you've heard all this before, and Bisbee's gifts as a songwriter and a studio craftsman don't compensate for the fact he's not an especially engaging presence as a singer. In another era, Bisbee would find a killer vocalist with lots of presence to sing this material and be content to be a well-paid Svengali, and Son of a Math Teacher suggests that might not be a bad career path for him to consider.
|Label:||Le Grand Magistry|
Performance CreditsSam Bisbee Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jack Petruzzelli Guitar
John Sands Drums
Jason Hart Keyboards
Liz Tormes Vocals
Jason Molina Drums
Leona Naess Vocals
John Wolfington Guitar
Peter Bradley Adams Keyboards
Lucy Roche Vocals
Brad Gunyon Drums
Dan Green Bass
Technical CreditsSarah Nagourney Composer
Mike Viola Composer
Sam Bisbee Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bo Boddie Producer,Engineer
Britt Myers Producer,Engineer
Dalton Kenny Winternheimer Cover Art
Jeff Philips Engineer