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Steve Jordan: Reviews

"Imagine a road trip comparing notes with a songwriter ala Gordon Lightfoot or Cat Stevens & you'll never forget the time."
- CD Baby.com (Sep 10, 2008)
SONG FOR AN OCEAN
It says right there on Steve Jordan’s business card, “Imagine being on the road with Cat Stevens or Gordon Lightfoot . . .” and listening to his CD certainly brings out those images. My ear picks up more Gord than Yusef, but the laid-back, earthy vibes are there, as are the deep production values, the careful layers of guitar, dobro, cello, and dulcimer, and the tasteful touches of lap steel that give the music its tingle. It really does sound like the 1970s glory days of the singer songwriter, and these days, that’s a tonic. Jordan does have his own songs to sing and stories to tell – at no time does he lift lyrics or riffs from his role models – but these also trend toward those Me Decade themes: celebrations of nature, life’s internal and external sojourns, love the one you’re with, etc. Jordan is tuneful and his craftsmanship is impressive, with intricate, complex chord progressions and shifting time signatures on some tunes, and some very precise and adept instrumental flourishes, too. Jordan is backed by a dozen other musicians, including engineer David Lange, and the results are polished and professional. This is a beautiful record.
On SOMEONE TO LOVE, Steve Jordan boldly goes in some directions way edgier than any tatooed coffee house ode yodeler. The opening cut, "April" is about the deeply meaningful, but firmly platonic love between an older man,a singer, and much younger woman, a regular at his gigs : this man can "walk the line".
He's not through: he goes to "Denver", for other loves to be shared, and no one ends up in bed there either. Take THAT, all you snivelers who can't get over your last several "relationships!" Jordan has an excellent almost too-pretty voice, that he balances with blunt, bluesy backing by Orville Johnson. Other tunes on the album sing the praises of a life well examined, and the virtues of tending a home, a yard and a family, but Jordan never lets things get sappy. He's got a good, chooglin' trucker's song, "Rain Fallin' Down", that works fine but which may even more of a future is some gravelly country outfit turns the Tele's up to 11. Another paean to blue collars, "Building Bridges", needs nothing extra. All in all, Steve Jordan is a lot like Gordon Lightfoot, gentle without being wimpy, with an inner toughness that we used to call character.