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

No Comments 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


Charleston Post & Courier: JIM BOGGIA – “SAFE IN SOUND” – (BLUHAMMOCK)

No Comments 12 May 2005

By Devin Grant

When you first hear the song “Made Me So Happy,” you would swear that you were listening to some long-lost Elvis Costello track.

That is part of the fun with the music that Jim Boggia makes on “Safe in Sound,” his latest CD. Boggia was declared legally blind in his left eye almost from the day he was born, and over the years he lost most of the sight in his right eye as well.

Boggia devoured just about any record he could get his hands on as a kid, and once the music was mentally digested, the aspiring artist would do his best to emulate the artists that caught his ear.

The results are readily audible on “Safe in Sound.” “Shine,” a tune that Boggia co-wrote with friend Aimee Mann, leads off the album in a lovely fashion.

From there, one can almost trace the musical mood Boggia was in while writing a particular song. “Once” and “Let Me Believe (Evan’s Lament)” just ooze that lovely Beatles flow, while a song such as “Slowly” leans more toward a Beach Boys groove.

While “Safe in Sound” might appear as if it is in danger of becoming a cheesy tribute album to Boggia’s favorite bands, nothing could be further from the truth.

In reality, “Safe in Sound” is one of those CDs that stays with you long after the music has ended. Boggia should plan on a long and illustrious career in the music business if he decides to keep putting out material as good as this. (A-)

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