Deasy: Good Day No Rain
By Sara Zeno
Bill Deasy is a man comfortable in his own voice and Good Day
No Rain quickly feels as familiar and honest as an old friend.
His easy, natural style explores folk, pop, rock, and even the nearly
gospel strains of the final track. The narrative voice, flawed and
questioning, explores the paradoxes between hope and despair, beauty
and ugliness, bitter and sweet, mirroring our human uncertainty.
Together we're "Troubled hearts/ All searching for an answer"
(Who We Are).
Good Day No Rain
combines Deasy's vocal and lyrical talents with lush arrangements
and pristine production. His second solo album, it expands upon
2000's acoustic Spring Lies Waiting. Deasy was lead singer
for The Gathering Field (a popular regional band who were together
seven years and briefly signed to Atlantic Records), but with his
solo recordings, he has both broken away from guitar-driven sound
and has begun discovering a distinct introspective style.
Gregg Wattenberg (Five
for Fighting, Dishwalla) produced four tracks in New York City with
session musicians and these boast a rich sound. In particular, string
arrangements bestow a delicious underlying texture to Blue Sky
Grey and Who We Are, two of the album's strongest songs.
Talented Pittsburgh musicians fill out the remainder of Good
Day No Rain, including Liz
Berlin (Rusted Root) and her ethereal backing vocals, which
are included on The Gift of Seeing Through. Although a couple
songs can feel slightly overwrought in spots, it's only a minor
blip to the overall quality of the album.
Deasy's penchant for
the tragic is nicely balanced with an upbeat mood and a healing
sense of spirituality lies beneath Good Day No Rain. In the
end, you get the satisfying sense that it's all going to end up
okay--- hope still surrounds us, whether or not we can see it during
bleak times. "History repeats itself/ Maybe not forever though.
. . Why resist it?/ Love is at your side/ Even when you run and
hide" (It's All Right Here). Perhaps the most timely
theme contained here is acceptance: "Now I know/ You can't
change somebody/ With your love no matter/ How right you are/ We
are who we are/ And nothing more/ But nothing less" (Who
The journey of Good
Day No Rain points to a versatile, evolving talent that will
likely continue to finesse songwriting skills with a contemplative
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