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MP3 Herb Eimerman - Same Wish

First solo cd since the critically acclaimed Nerk Twins "Either Way". 12 string acoustic melodic pop rock in the Byrds, Petty, Matthew Sweet, Beatles genre from a time when it was all about the song.

17 MP3 Songs
POP: Beatles-pop, ROCK: Acoustic

Same Wish, released in 2002, travels territory similar to & i you, covering many of the same themes and emotions in typically catchy, lyrically strong and melodically superior songs while adding a few new instruments to the usual pop mix, including banjo and harmonica. Eimerman gets down to business in the opening "Love Always Surrounds," which features sterling 12- and 6-string guitar work. The wonderfully-titled "Tin Pan Alley Valentines" is a lovely, balladic paean to old-fashioned romance, although the story here is one of longing, of telling the one who left that she should "Chase your fear and you might find Tin Pan Alley Valentines/You should not have ever let me go." But the yin and yang battle is in the foreground when, in the last chorus, Eimerman sings "I''m so glad I didn''t let you go." I guess that sometimes it can go both ways.

Slightly ragged voice meets old-time rock ''n'' roll and blues in the very cool "Broken Clock," featuring some nifty Chuck Berry-esque guitar licks and harmonica turns. What''s it about? Just remember that trying to take credit for something blowing up doesn''t always result in a pat on the back. True love, 24/7, is at the heart of the gorgeous, minute-long "In the Morning," which features Eimerman''s lovely background vocals. Throughout this album, throughout & i you, and throughout all of his releases (two other albums, 1990''s Story In Your Eyes and 1992''s From Your Window, and his classic collaboration with Shoes'' Jeff Murphy, billed as the Nerk Twins (Either Or)), Eimerman is golden.

So goes the folk-married-to-pop aesthetic, Eimerman style. These albums, everything that Eimerman touches, have wings.

Alan Haber
February 12, 2005

Herb''s first solo cd since the critally acclaimed cd Nerk Twins "Either Way" (with Jeff Murphy of Shoes).

Herb has also written and appeared in compilation cd''s on Yesterdaygirl Records volumes 2 and 4 and International Pop Overthrow volumes 1, 2, 3, 5 and coming up on 6.

Herb also had solo releases in 1990 with "Story In Your Eyes" and 1992 with a Rick 12 string heavy Byrds style cd called "From Your Window".

Herb also appeared on "Yuletunes" which was a Christmas compilation released in 1991 on Shoes Black Vinyl label along with Material Issue, Mathew Sweet, Shoes, and many many more wonderful pop writers.

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