Joe Firstman The War Of Women (Atlantic/Warner) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Singer/songwriter Joe Firstman has women trouble. After getting through this 15-song battle, we know the women have won the war. Combine the sound of Bruce Hornsby and Adam Duritz with an obsessive fascination with the lyrical stylings of Bernie Taupin and it should be no mystery why he lost. Emotional, angry, piano-driven ballads are the order of the day, and unrequited love's the dominant theme. Firstman has a great voice and can definitely play. It's just that the handsome 23-year-old isn't very convincing as a poor heartbroken sod. A production sound so polished it squeaks doesn't help.
Joe Firstman opens for Jason Mraz at the Guvernment tonight (Thursday, August 28).