By Brent Palmer
Hot on the heels of Jeff Klein we have another export from Austin Texas. Brent Palmer looks a little more clean cut and a little less rock and roll than his neighbour and his image suits his music. "Tin Heart" is an Edwin McCain-esque pop rock song that may be a bit too sacharine rich for some. But for those not adverse to radio friendly rock, it'll do just fine.
The percussive undercurrent of "Due Time" gently sways along, bubbling under the acoustic guitar and faling vocal melody. Whilst it's good there's nothing to really make it stand out from any track you'll find on a Dawson's Creek soundtrack. Again, everything seems just a little TOO slick, it lacks the anguish of Ryan Adams or the energy of Rob Thomas to propel it into a different league.
"Round Enough" is the stand out track on this disc, the stuttering drums of the verse that open up through the bridge into a catchy chorus with some nice chord changes. Palmer has a good voice but I find myself thinking of someone else being able to do this song much more justice. Maybe just pushing that last chorus rather than having them all the same, to give things that extra push needed.
The title track is another brooding ballad that does a respectable job once more but still doesn't excite. There are no lyrics or moments of musical beauty to send a shiver down your spine, which is what all great ballads should do. Finishing off with "Temporary", the CD's lowest point, all in all this EP is listenable enough but am not sure whether it would encourage me enough to investigate Palmer further.