The best local albums of 2009: Soraya Zaumeyer on Judy Tampa and Dan Kincaid
(This week we’re asking local musicians to pick their favorite local albums of 2009. Here, Soraya Zaumeyer of Will Quinlan and the Diviners shows some love for Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad and Dan Kincaid.)
Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad, Tainted
I don’t know too much about Judy Tampa. However, her name implies a sort of local royalty, reinforced by the high praise I’ve heard about her on WMNF. I’d been intrigued by her bold lyrics and overall musicality, and Tainted delivered on both points. Songs range from rambling and lighthearted to tales of local tragedy. Bandmate George Pappas sings lead and writes many of the tracks — his mellow voice is a welcomed alternate when Judy’s quirky quotient gets a little high. The two’s voices blend nicely, and Ronny Elliott and Rebekah Pulley’s contributions add unique flavors to an already hearty folk record.
Dan Kincaid, The Walk Within
Dan Kincaid’s gentle vocals and songwriting remind me of another Dan (Fogelberg) from the AM radio era. Each tune documents an emotional journey and is lushly arranged. Kincaid’s lyrics conquer themes of spirituality, sacrifice, love, and personal growth, and come across with utmost sincerity. However, the record as a whole seemed cohesive to the point of repetitive — I wonder if Kincaid could tap a little deeper and explore a wider musical range. On the whole, it sounds like he’s walking in the right direction.
-- As told to Julie Garisto, tbt*