David Myles’ everyday brilliance
Toronto Star – May 23, 2011
David Myles, a self-described “tall, skinny dude with glasses,” doesn’t think of himself as skilled in the art of seduction. But he’s selling his musical talent way short, as he proves in this live set.
Myles himself is a dab hand at rhythm guitar, but it’s this New Brunswicker’s aw-shucks stage patter and honest, witty lyrics that seal the deal. From the opening “Need a Break,” these boys — including crack backups Alan Jeffries (lead guitar) and Kyle Cunjak (double bass) — use their mastery of old-fashioned blues,
I have a rocky relationship with singer-songwriters. It’s easy for artists who write their own songs to fall into a self-referential void, either by allowing either their ego or their righteousness over a particular issue to overcome their music. This leads to a disconnect between the artist and the audience, and this disconnect leads to annoyance. It’s not the earnestness of a typical singer-songwriter that wears an audience down, it’s the lack of connection. So I sometimes forget how powerful a singer-songwriter can be if they have as much talent as a performer as they do as a songwriter.
Turn Time Off solidifies Myles’s reputation as a gifted, spirited songwriter with wide appeal.
– Review – Canadian Folk Music Awards
Turn Time Off is a well blended disc that portrays an artist baring his soul on songs that seamlessly and effortlessly tie album together
– Review – Turn Time Off, Earshot
Turn Time Off is a trifecta of excellent writing, beautiful melodies and strong hooks.
– Ottawa Express / The Hour.ca
Each song on the album is a unique amalgamation of emotive melodies atop gentle organs and complex finger picking.
– Spill Magazine
“Pair of Shoes” emerges as the most definitively “folk” songs on the album, with a simple arrangement and soft harmonies, and is a beautiful representation of what Myles’ music is all about.
– REVIEW – Turn Time Off, Spill Magazine
From halfway through its opener, the soft, poppy Out of Love, this thing has you
– Review – David Myles, Turn Time Off ( The Hour )