When I heard David Myles released his first US album “So Far”, I ran to his site to check out what was on it. At first I thought it was only available to the US, so I started working my contacts to see how I could get it across the border. With it being so close to Christmas, my wife was disappointed that I eventually realized that it could be ordered in Canada. I was tracking my package everyday on Amazon, so there was no way I was waiting until Christmas.
Some of the other listeners referred to “So Far” as a “Greatest Hits” album, but there are too many good songs left off the list for it to be considered that. However, this compilation does pay tribute to his previous albums and brings me back to ripping off the plastic of my first David Myles album. If you have never seen one of his live shows, this album is probably the closest you can come without actually going. The only thing missing was his charming personality and his self-deprecating stories in between songs. I can pop the CD in the car and easily listen straight through, it flows nicely and has a steady tempo, in some instances I feel compelled to do some backup vocals. It appears that the album has really emphasized his smooth voice, it feels like he is sitting in the car with me every morning. The stripped down approach of the album really brings out the essence of the songs; it has allowed me to rediscover “Turn Time Off” and “One In A Million”. “I Will Love You” brings the album home for me. After they played this song with Symphony Nova Scotia last fall, my wife and I turned to each other in awe at how amazing it was. As soon as I got the CD I had to skip to that track to listen because, to my knowledge, the version we heard that night was only available in YouTube videos and at his live shows.
This is a strong album and I am extremely happy to add it to my collection. I would’ve loved to have seen a few other songs included, but of course what do I know. Overall, if my girls are wiggling in their car seats and singing along when they can, it gets two thumbs up from me!!