Joe Nolan "Plain Jane" (Joe Nolan)

"A singer-songwriter whose dense, descriptive poetry is almost on par with his harmonica idol Dylan
and whose street-corner sentimentality turns tuneful circles around Billy Joel,
Nolan is an exuberant romantic who rarely allows his lyrical enthusiasm to get ahead of his insights.
He can sing about a shipwreck, a likable if undertalented club entertainer or an assortment
of flawed but nonetheless adored young women with equal authority
and in lovingly observed specifics. He even works a creaky carnival metaphor
with witty originality. This is smart folk-pop of the highest order, and it's no small crime
that a talent as big as Nolan has to sell the stuff himself. So buy it already."

4 stars, Bob Strauss
The Daily News - Los Angeles, California

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