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Acoustic Poetics

Nat Allister
A review of "Dont Tell Me No Lies" by Mel Glovin
Written March 28th, 2017, 1:29 pm by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

SongLadder Editor
This is the first time I've ever compared a musical artist to someone of a different gender...but after all, why the hell not? New Jersey songstress Mel Glovin's simple, Americana singer/songwriter folk music deeply reminds me of one of my personal favorites, William Elliot Whitmore, in the sense that both Glovin and Whitmore manage to pack so much feeling and beauty into nothing more than their old-fashioned voices and the strumming of their guitars. "Don't Tell Me No Lies" is a tender song about boundaries, self-preservation, grief and pain; sung to a close friend or lover. This is one of those songs that is so obviously written to a specific person in Glovin's life, yet manages to ring true to most of us. This, of course, seems to be the unique position allowed the singer/songwriter, and a major reason for such a musician's appeal. They can share something deeply personal from their life so that we can find their similarities to our life...and feel, for just a moment, somewhat less alone.

"Dont Tell Me No Lies" is reminiscent of well-known artists such as

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