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Rock and Roll Report: Reviews by Girard: Jim Boggia “Safe in Sound” (Bluhammock)

13 May 2005

I have waited five years for a new musical opus from Philadelphia native Jim Boggia . Well the wait was worth it as this is one of the pop albums of the year. And by far. I already knew how important this man was when I first heard his 2001 release ?Fidelity is the Enemy? which is a virtual musical shooting star. This status was confirmed when I had a chance to meet Jim when he accompanied Jill Sobule and Mary Kate O?Neil four some acoustic concerts in France. His presence, his sense of humor, his guitar playing and his voice literally captivated me. He is part of the grand tradition of great songwriters in the pop pantheon: Jason Falkner, Tomy Keene, Paul McCartney (which he can sing magnificently, I have never heard such an incredible cover of ?Maybe I?m Amazed? as the one sung by Jim). On this album he has some magnificent people helping out: from Pete Thomas (from Elvis Costello?s Attractions) to Butch (the Eels) to Aim?e Mann to Wayne Kramer (yes the guitarist from the MC5) to Emitt Rhodes (another member of the pantheon of Pop I alluded to above) to Justin Meldal Johnsen (Beck). But most importantly the heart of the matter are the songs: luminous, powerful, melodic, intimate, essential. You will listen to these pop classics again and again as the days go by after you first play this record. A true goldsmith. If there is one pop album to buy this year (along with the latest from Brendan Benson) you must get ? Safe in Sound .? This is not merely a recommendation, it is an order!

By Girard G?rard

Rock and Roll Report

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