Victory Music Review
VOL. 14, NO. 6, JUNE 1989, SEATTLE
GEOFF BARTLEY: I AM THE HEART LP
#MCR 1003, Magic Crow, 3 Salem St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Come home, put this album on the turntable, leave the lights off, stare out the window at the sunset's last glow, and let Bartley's breathy baritone catch you off guard. Let the intelligence, musicianship and genuineness evident in every song breathe new life into your own love of music. Let the sweet tang of the occasional blues tune put a smile on your jaded lips. (If you're a songwriter, pay special attention to "Please Mr. Soundman, Have Mercy On Me".) Forget that he's an award-winning finger picker (two great instrumentals). He's a great songwriter. Suddenly, life has meaning again. (Alan AtKisson)
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THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE
July 2, 1989
By Scott Alarik, Globe correspondent
Geoff Bartley "I Am the Heart" (Magic Crow) ~ At first listen, Bartley seems light on the guitar work, considering that he is one of the best fingerpickers in acoustic music today. He leans into the song here, writing spiritual love songs, angry and funny cultural satires, hopeful hymns. Another listen, though, and the guitar comes through, played in as many different ways as there are moods in Bartley's carefully sculpted lyrics. He goes from easy, churchlike plucking in the "Everything to Love" to being tense as tight wire for the angry "Bullets and Canned Goods." On "Wastin' My Time" guitar and lyrics yawn languorously for this delightful ode to laziness. There are a couple of dandy instrumentals.
Boston Music Award nominees
THE BOSTON GLOBE FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1989 pg. 36
OUTSTANDING FOLK/ACOUSTIC ACT:
Geoff Bartley; Patty Larkin; Bill Morrissey; Bill Staines; Livingston Taylor.
OUTSTANDING FOLK/ACOUSTIC ALBUM:
"I Am The Heart" (Geoff Bartley); "I Will Stand Fast" (Fred Small); "Redbird's Wing" (Bill Staines); "Fun Songs & Fancy Pickin'" (Orrin Star); "Life Is Good" (Livingston Taylor).