Water in This Desert
A review by Robert Downes, editor of NORTHERN EXPRESS, Traverse City, Michigan. November 2006 The sound on this CD is fabulous, espcially through the headphones. Paul Tegel has crafted an atmosheric album of contemporary acoustic songs, blessed by his rich baritone and thoughtful constructions on a deeply resonant guitar. Tegel's vocals are reminiscent of Mark Knopfler of Dire Sraits fame. His phrasing is exceptional, holding back just enough to tease the listener's ear for more. Check out his take on the traditional song, 'The Cuckoo', for a masters class in building dramatic tension. His own songs spin visions of portents, as in 'There's a Big Storm Coming This Way.' It's hard to find fault with this top shelf CD--it's a real keeper. Our only wish would be a few faster tunes to add contrast. But that's quibbling, because this is a CD to be proud of. t.