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Scattered Pieces: Live

Scattered Pieces: Live by Shawn McDonald
Released: Jan 2007
Label: Sparrow
Setting the mood with the pre-show audience murmur melting into a cheer as McDonald takes the mic, Scattered Pieces is an achingly introspective and graceful set. Guitars that slip from acoustic to artfully-distorted and an ornamental piano compete with McDonald's bare vocals for the album's best feature.  Despite diversions into amped deliveries such as the Mraz-esque "Shadowlands" and "Take My Hand," McDonald styles this offering to be more ambient and meditative than entertaining, at times dissolving into minute-long vamps of whichever lines strike him. And though a true Dead fan would balk at this comparison, certain moments evoke lighter Grateful Dead guitar jams.
Amy Bartlett
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