The Late Album
Features The Drifter, You're The Bomb and The Late Song (Je Ne Suis Pas Mort).
"If David Poe is exploring the mystery of pop," read the press release, "The Late Album is his searchlight." He was; it wasn't. But David's second effort, recorded on the fly between tours of North America, Europe and Japan, enjoyed the generosity of the music press.
"A sophisticated city breed, “ wrote Q magazine. “Articulate accounts of edgy situations are Poe's forté, his breathy voice and jaunty strum often disguising some acidic lines." The NME said, "Poe likes to shade his confessionals and storytelling with beautiful, lush, guitar-underpinned music."
Begun before the events of September 11 in New York with Grammy-winning producer Steve Rosenthal and finished in Nashville with producer Brad Jones thereafter, David's attempts to incorporate all of his pop obsessions -- from acoustic to electronic music, with Beatlesque sprawl in between -- rendered a few interesting moments: The Drifter became a crowd favorite and appeared in several films and TV shows; You're The Bomb shows Poe beginning to master the extended metaphor in song; The Late Song (Je Ne Suis Pas Mort) seemed to be a missive sent from the afterlife, which would become an ongoing motif.
The London Independent likened his songs to “miniature novels,” which may have meant some of them were a little too long. But in Germany, Rolling Stone awarded The Late Album a coveted four star review, and Poe even picked up the award for Best New Artist from the National Critics Poll Award there. So that's awesome.