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Over With You

Steve Forbert

Label: Blue Corn Music

Released: September 11, 2012

Reviewed: September 9, 2012



The name, Steve Forbert, may not immediately ring a bell with some of you.  However, to many baby boomers, you will immediately remember his signature 1980 hit, Romeo’s Tune.  That was thirteen studio albums and nine live albums ago. 


Forbert is ready with his fourteenth solo project, Over With You and is his first studio album in three years. The album is a ten song autobiography of genuine stories of personal relationships weighed with mixed and often bittersweet emotions and angst. The ten new songs are written with straight-forward honesty and introspection that some would think makes a songwriter vulnerable. “This album is very personal,” Forbert says. “The songs are about what people feel in deep relationships — mainly love and friction.”  Forbert explained, “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make.  You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”  Some have said that “these songs make the case that Forbert should be considered in the first rank of American songwriters”. 


I tend to agree.

The three randomly picked songs highlighted are:


That’d Be Alright is a fun, upbeat tune featuring a great Ben Harper solo that makes the song worthy of repeated slaps of the “repeat” button. 


The title cut, Over With You, has the kind of melodic and lyric hooks that is guaranteed to create the kind of pleasant earworms that you would never want to be rid of.


Finally, the song about a long distance love affair called, Can’t We Get Together.  Fun, quizzical lines like, “Can’t we get together in the same time zone? I could wait forever but it’s all that time alone” make this song a love song for any and all who have found themselves in that kind of relationship.


Lovers of easy-listening, great American songs – love songs, even – will want to own their own copy of Over With You.  It should wind up being a great American musical classic.


Written by Randy Patterson               
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