Landon Pigg: Coffeeshop EP

Landon Pigg’s acoustic picking, called on to start the Coffeeshop EP, could not raise its curtains with a more beautiful guitar intro than it already exhibits. The maiden melodies of “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop,” sets the stage for the listener to expect nothing less than from Pigg than the distinct ability to excel in his craft. His opening structures merit respect, but they also allocate room for disappoint. Thankful, Landon has no trouble rising to the occasion, supplying us with a near flawless composition.

Honestly, my only real complaint with the album, is the order of the songs placed on it. Due to the depth and beauty of “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop,” I would have placed it at the end of the album, as it is such a hard act to follow. I mean, it really is storytelling and songwriting at its best. The selling point of this is the song’s ability to rely on the instruments’ voices to tell the story just as much as Pigg’s. The xylophones emulate falling rain. The pre-chorus cello relays the sense of calmness one would feel in the comfort of their favorite place, while the opening guitar structure builds, applying the feeling of excitement one would experience bumping into the subject of their desires. It’s almost as if Pigg has constructed a compassionate short story complete with plot, emotion and subjects and simply set it to music.

Following “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop,” we find a song with a completely different feel, “Great Companion.” Upon first listen, one could assume that Landon might hail from Nottingham, not Nashville, as he sports a sound that would fit nicely next to the like of Coldplay, Travis, Star Sailor, or even Sting. While the structure of the song tests the strength of Pigg’s vocal range, there are no struggles here. Landon reaches every note he aims for, adding a very rich sound of vocals and marching drums to the album. As I stated before, following up the opening cut might be a difficult task, but “Great Companion” comes as close as any song could.

“Can’t Let Go,” the album’s third track, is in my opinion, the best look that we get at Pigg’s talent as a wordsmith. This song is packed full of quotable one-liners worded in a manner that borders somewhere between elegant and soft spoken. He manages to show just enough depth to seem emotional without tipping the scales into that dreaded area where you are viewed as a whiner. We’ve seen this happen to the best of them, and it is an area that has become a very slippery slope. Thankfully, Pigg has his feet firmly placed under him.

Pigg rounds out the remaining two cuts on the album with a cover of Frank Sinatra‘s 1953 hit “Young at Heart,” and a Spanish ballad “Magnetismo.” Both songs ooze with beauty and put a fairly effective period at the end of such a unique and well written album. As a whole, the quality of Pigg and his latest work is worth checking out. You can do so through the following links:

Landon Pigg’s Webpage
Landon Pigg’s Myspace
RCA Records

**Don’t forget to enter the Landon Pigg giveaway to receive your own copy of the CD as well as a bag of custom Landon Pigg coffee!

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