Now here's a bargain, I bought this off iTunes last year for £7 (and i thought it was a bargain then!!).
If you've never heard of Shawn Smith* now is the time to get into him, no excuses :)
*If any of you remember the Lo-Fidelity Allstars song Battleflag, his group Pigeonhed were heavily sampled on that
Named as one of the best vocalists of all time (MOJO magazine), SHAWN SMITH has had an incredibly long, diverse and highly respected musical career thus far. Shawn has been quite busy for the last 19 years fronting such bands as the jazz-infused rock of SATCHEL, the soulfulness of BRAD (w/Pearl Jams Stone Gossard) and the electro funk sounds of PIGEONHED. He was also a founding member of THE TWILIGHT SINGERS with Greg Dulli, (Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins) who described SHAWN as, Seattles best kept secret.
Classic Rock Magazine, June 2008
Shawn SmithThe Diamond Hand
From the funky guitar lines (At War) to the most delicate piano ballad (Original Hymn) it's not high-voltage rock'n'roll, but if Brad's charms have won you over in the past, you'll be floored-a glorious chill-out session for the discerning rocker.
8/10 (Sian Llewellyn)
THE DIAMOND HAND is Shawns finest collection to date. His often-delicate vocals give way to powerful rock ballads; which in turn give way to stomping Gospel-tinged choruses. If Gnarls Barkley, Prince, and Marvin Gaye, some how created a kid, it would be weird, but it would be Shawn Smith.
Shawns songs have been featured prominently in:
-The Sopranos (Season 5)
-One Tree Hill
-Beautiful Girls Soundtrack
-Queer As Folk