Micah Wolf’s self-titled debut album invokes
the laid-back attitude of a Hawaiian surfer, the steady
beat of Washington rain on the roof, and the optimistic
overtones of sunny Mexico. It’s not surprising,
since he’s spent his life traveling through all
these places and more, moving from commune to commune
with his free-wheeling mom.
Wolf’s songs are classic boy-and-guitar ballads.
With a mellow, inoffensive voice that brings Jack Johnson
and G. Love to mind, he glides from track to track
with no jarring notes to distinguish between songs.
The end result is a smooth ride that feels like one
I’d expect to find Micah Wolf playing in my
local coffee shop – you know, that independent
one with the cute pierced barristas, a fast wireless
connection and really good books left on the tables?
Like a good cup of coffee, Wolf’s songs relax
you and fill you with optimism. Listen to this album
while you read the morning paper and things won’t
look so bad, or put it on last thing at night to drive
away bad dreams.
Favorite Track: Track 7, “Return To You”