Jim Santo's Demo Universe

Pat Ortman - Pat Ortman

Ortman's moody Britpop ambles pleasantly but rarely strikes sparks, deflated by just-ordinary melodies and lackluster arrangements. It's frustrating, because he does so much right. The recording is clear and punchy, the performances confident and strong, the lyrics throughtful and well-crafted, and Pat's hoarse, throaty voice is a distinctive pleasure. He just hasn't given himself anything interesting to sing! Pat Ortman is a true solo effort, performed entirely by the artist himself and recorded at his home studio. More power to ya, Pat, but next time, maybe you should invite someone over; a co-writer, an arranger — someone to sharpen your muse on.

CD received July 20, 2001