Shane Bartell Too Soon To Say (Lilywhite Records) Rating: NN
You're going to have to be one hell of a talent to make the alt-crooner thing work for you these days. With the likes of Chris Martin, Rufus Wainwright, David Gray, Neil Halstead, Pete Yorn and so on plucking at the perpetually quivering heartstrings, the field is already super-saturated. Shane Bartell is calling on his own trinity here, culling tricks from Martin, Gray and the late Jeff Buckley. But, whether because of clumsy lyrics or a genuine lack of anything to croon about, Bartell can't pull you far enough into his world to give a damn.