Missing / Tom McCormack
If you could combine the crystal clear voice of folk-pop legend James Taylor with the soulful pipes of Tracy Chapman, and put that voice in front of the defunct 10,000 Maniacs; you would have Tom McCormack and his gorgeous new album, Missing.
McCormack's piano lifts the anthemic title track from the lowest depths to an awful bliss and gives the sun-drenched "Coming" the perfect amount of power without dominating the song.
The lush production on Missing allows the listener to pick among the diverse array of instruments. The synth at the beginning of "Home" stands out nicely and the majestic accordion on both "Time of our Times" and the title track enter and exit the musical blend smoothly.
-- Peter Bothum
January 12, 1996
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