David Halley on Sat, November 17, 2012

“… Halley showed that he remains a master of resigned romanticism whose material deals with difficult emotions in remarkably fluid fashion. There’s something of the slow dazzle in his songwriting, a subtle understatement that never succumbs to cleverness for its own sake but expresses a depth of feeling that gives his songs resonance beyond their deceptive simplicity. Saturday’s set emphasized Halley’s folkier side… though even this setting found Halley tossing off pop hooks that would make Marshall Crenshaw envious. He could well be the best unsigned songwriter in the country, and if the music industry can’t figure a way to market him, the strength of songs such as Live and Learn, If Ever You Need Me and Dreamlife speaks for itself.” — Don McLeese, Austin American-Statesman