Strand of Oaks – Eraserland (album review)

by Woody on April 4, 2019

Photo by Alysse Gafkajen

Tim Showalter albums are always an open book. House burning down, martial issues or existential midlife crisis; Tim is never shy about letting you in to be part of his therapeutic experience. For Eraserland, Tim was roused from a creative funk by the MMJ lads to put forth what is slowly becoming my favorite Strand of Oaks album.

The album opens with Weird Ways, a track where Tim seems to be wondering if the rock n roll lifestyle is for him. The tune starts off with Tim sounding exhausted only for the music to crescendo in a manner that makes it feel as it is a comeback of sorts. The ride from Keys (track 3) to Wild and Willing (Track 8) is like reading from a journal Tim starts off wondering where he fits in from a personal perspective in Keys and then is lost, then found, lost, then found and then digs deep into his career on the gorgeous Wild and Willing.

I’ve been listening to this album on repeat as I’ve been reading Steven Hyden’s excellent Twilight of The Gods; an examination of the end of classic rock. Tim is a throwback rock star. He’s bigger than life and this album further cements him as one of the best around. Not to mention, he is hands down one of the nicest people you’ll meet.

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