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Volume 70, Issue 5, Friday, August 27, 2004

Life & Arts

Luminaria's lyrics can't save its long lullabies

Songwriter will play Houston later this month

By Tina Marcias
The Daily Cougar

There are only so many sensitive singer-songwriters who are up to par, but Ian Moore doesn't meet the requirements. His first album on Yep Roc Records, Luminaria, released earlier this week, is full of slow love songs that try to mimic the likes of Jack Johnson and John Mayer, but fail horribly.

It took me three tries to get through this album because the first two times I fell asleep; it just didn't keep my attention. Moore has a first-rate voice, but it's wasted with terrible lyrics and repetitive, substandard beats.

On "Caroline," Moore starts out strong but draws out the song for too long. He spends nearly three minutes humming with simple instrumental music in the background, making the track last more than seven minutes.

The following song, "New Day," has the same problem. Do songs really need a two-minute "da-du-da" break? It shows a lack of creativity, especially when the instrumental music is less than mediocre. 

Moore brings together 15 musicians for Luminaria, and experiments with accordions, cellos and trumpets, but instead of making his music different, it often clutters the sound. Moore's voice and style would be better spent with just an acoustic guitar instead of all the noise he tries to incorporate to make his sound distinctive.

Often Moore is annoyingly unpredictable on his debut. "Ordinary People" sounds like a bad 1950s song that was used during a couples' skate on Friday nights at the roller rink. It is by far the worst song on Luminaria.

One of the final tracks takes on a completely different style than the rest of the album and sounds like swamp-pop. Instead of sounding unique, it makes the album inconsistent.

Luminaria is great for people who like to be put to sleep and then wake up to bad swamp-pop. Those interested should definitely grab a pillow and go see Moore on Oct. 22 at the Sidecar Pub, 11202 Huffmeister Road.

Ian Moore


Yep Roc Records

Verdict: If I wanted to be put to sleep, I would listen to a lullaby.

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