evokes the heavyweights

Every so often, out of the many promos I receive, I get a diamond in the rough, and this is the case with this special and elegant major label debut by a 23-year-old Nashville-via-Ohio singer-songwriter.

"Lost & Found"
Griffin House (Nettwerk America)

Heavily influenced by such heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen, U2's Bono, Bob Dylan and a little bit of Leonard Cohen, House has put together 11 songs with a clear grasp of the complexities of relationships. There's not one false or contrived note to be found here. And if you're a fan of any of the aforementioned, I highly recommend this album.

"Lost & Found" is the kind of atmospheric album that slowly pulls you in. For me, the album kicked into high gear on the fifth track, "Waterfall." And it doesn't let up, through "The Way I Was Made," a giddy celebration of his mongrelized family tree; the all-consuming and maddening love of "Just A Dream;" "Missed My Chance" is House's finest song lyrically, and through to the closing and earnest "New Day," which calls up U2 in its prime.

Gary C.W. Chun Honolulu-Star Bulletin

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