First on the menu, a wiry guitar announces “Train Song,” which sets the tone with its spicy French Quarter feel. “Je Me Souviens de Toi” has Jacque Brel leanings, with a slow-burn, bump-and-grind bridge for flair. The joyful “Romeo Sadface” is catchy and commercial, and holds more hooks then a tackle box. “Julio” has a Springsteen desolate-boardwalk vibe, as does the dark and delicious “Rain-Colored Highway.” Both are equal parts recitation and singing, in a Dr. John or Tom Waits manner. “Margaret and Barbara” features a haunting verse that falls into a hip-hop chorus, “Please Leave Me Be” has country flavors, and the title track, “City Bird,” takes it all home.
With Pedinotti’s impeccable back phrasing, clever production, and amazing arrangements, this release surely raises the bar for regional recordings. One of the best, if not the best local CD in years, it’ll surely make waves far beyond the region.