Texan singer/songwriter Davíd Garza has impressive range, a gift developed over more than a decade of independent releases on his own Wide Open Records.
Texan singer/songwriter Davíd Garza has impressive range, a gift developed over more than a decade of independent releases on his own Wide Open Records. On Overdub, his second album for Lava/Atlantic, Garza changes gears with each song. The opener, "Drone," is a frantic funk track over which Garza raps of the lost passion of his youth. "Blow My Mind" and "Crown of Thorns" are lively rockers, while first single "Say Baby" whispers a clever diss of banal R&B artists. The writing is sharp throughout, particularly on such lines as, "Baby can you show me how I fell so far behind/From the bottom of your heart to the back of your mind?" on "Too Much." Garza's edge peaks on "God's Hands," a track featured acoustically on 1999's Kingdom Come & Go. Here, though, the track is given an Eastern metal makeover. With greater emphasis on production than on the singer's independent works, Overdub never rests for too long before stepping into something new.—SB