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Just Not Enough: A Kevin Tihista Collection

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Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Family Curse  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Sucker  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Freakshow  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  You Don't Have To Be Sorry  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista  Can I Count On You  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Lose The Dress  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Oh  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Come On Now  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Doctor  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista  Situation Vacant  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Good Wings  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  I'm In Love With Girls  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Just Not Enough  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Sweet  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Don't Breathe A Word  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista  Idiots  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  O.K.  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista  We Just Disagree  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Pretty Please  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  You're Making Other Plans  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista  I Don't Blame You  buy on itunes
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror  Damn The Weather  buy on itunes

Comment:

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Kevin Tihista (typically recording as Kevin Tihista's Red Terror) is one of my favorite overlooked artists of the past few years. The breathy vocals and pervasive melancholy mood draw the inevitable Elliott Smith comparisons, though he's also got a retro-70's vibe behind some of the songs that puts him in Epic Soundtracks territory as well. He tends to blend stripped-down acoustic-based indie-folk-rock with more glossy Burt Bacharach/Brian Wilson-infused baroque pop, though even the poppier tracks barely mask the bitterness of much of the lyrical content. Three proper albums to date, plus a demo/outtake collection, and supposedly a new album due out soon. I can't say I love the covers -- the slavishly loyal Kinks cover ("Situation Vacant") is just too far removed from the mood of his own songs not to be jarring (something like "A Long Way From Home" is much more his speed), and the Dave Mason cover ("We Just Disagree"), while tasteful, brings back too many memories of crappy 70's radio -- but they do introduce a slightly lighter air to the whole thing. Check him out.
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mahdishain
Date: 2/8/2008
when you say check it out, i check it out. thanks!
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gabechouinard
Date: 2/8/2008
Uh-oh, sounds like another one right up my alley that I have to search out...
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anthony lombardi
Date: 2/8/2008
have to admit i've never even heard of him, marc, but your description has basically sold me into checking him out - thanks a bunch
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Barrydali
Date: 2/9/2008
Such a great title, and a great idea for a single artist mix. I swear Wake Up Captain is the disc I've burned for the most people, It's my mission to get that record heard and I'm gonna listen right now. Bravo man...
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Pollyanna
Date: 2/9/2008
I can't wait to check him out! I love Elliott Smith's voice and being Chicago-based clinched it. Thanks!
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I never really thought of Elliott Smith, but then nothing ever actually reminds me of Elliott, even though his name comes up in connection with every sad guy with a guitar. Tihista seems a little more chamber pop to me, though.Anyway, great compilation! I'm glad to have him as a part of my collection, especially because of a number of these songs. I've only listened to Wake Up, Captain a couple times, but I think I liked it the best of all.Oh, and although your title track is my favorite song of his, I definitely would have named this "Rhymes With Fiesta."
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buglady
Date: 2/10/2008
Well you've got me... never heard of him either, but sounds like something I need to hear!
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 2/11/2008
Heard of him but never heard his music. Maybe now is the time.
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Mesh
Date: 2/12/2008
I'll have to investigate....
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G-Sphere
Date: 2/13/2008
I have the Don't Breathe A Word CD from 2001 that a friend brought to my attention but haven't heard anything else. This looks like a fine collection.

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