Album Review: The Past Ain’t Far by John Scheaffer and Ceramic

Album Name: The Past Ain’t Far
Artist: John Scheaffer and Ceramic
Year/Label: 2010 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

The first few notes of the opening song are very ear-catching. The song is pretty slow, but melodic and easy on the ears.

One of the notes I wrote about this band is “Nice vocals. Cayamo-ish.” Which won’t make sense to anyone who doesn’t know what Cayamo is. It’s the music cruise I went on last year. It focuses on singer-songwriters mostly in the folksy/Americana vein.

This band would fit nicely on that festival. It’s mellow and laid back, but almost to the point of sounding samey. I like the songs, but it’s hard for me to listen to the whole album at once, I feel I want more variety.

But they’re a good, talented group writing nice songs.

Track Listing
1. You Give More Than Enough
2. Who’s Gonna Guide the Night
3. How Can I Return
4. Angels in the Desert
5. Blue Comet
6. How’d You Get So Down
7. The Past Ain’t Far
8. The Wait
9. Velvet Coat
10. Lose the King

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