REVIEW: The Poison Tree’s self-titled album

Photobucket Steve Salett sounds like someone who has spent a lot of time under trees and at parks, worrying about the bummer that is life but seeking the joy that is living. He has been involved in a number of projects, including Saltlands and King Of France, but now, as The Poison Tree, singer/songwriter Salett is about to unveil a new chapter of the world as he sees it in a very good self-titled album.

Fans of The Band, Little Feat, and Ray LaMontagne will enjoy the introspection that The Poison Tree offers, a kind of rustic, charmed, slightly-retro feel to his music that would also appeal to fans of Beck and Bob Dylan. Salett is rich with stories about the human condition, and it’s nice to hear something that feels good because you tend to feel some of the things that he sings about. Plus, the production makes one want to imagine these musicians are right there in the room with you, complete with the kind of toys you wish you had so you could stop being a chickenshit and make the same kind of music he does.

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REVIEW: The Poison Tree’s self-titled album

Photobucket If singer/musician/songwriter Steve Salett is familiar to you, then you will enjoy his new project that he calls The Poison Tree. This self-titled album (Redeye) has him and some of his friends singing introspective and retrospective songs about the kind of events in life that everyone can relate to. They are folk-tales in a way, but this isn’t folk music, but rather the kind of Americana that you might expect from The Band and Donavon Frankenreiter. The Poison Tree brings in influences ranging from dixieland jazz to the blues in songs that sound like you could have written them yourself, if it was possible for someone to transfer your deepest hopes, dreams, and fears into someone else without filters. Simply put, it’s an honest album with the kind of genuine qualities that’s a nice way to say “it feels like my personal music”. Consider The Poison Tree the kind of audio diary you’ll want to revisit every few years, because you realize the music is as much a part of your life as it is Steve Salett’s.

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