Sam Baker – Do Good Then Walk Away
Pop / Country / Folk
I became familiar with the handsome Sam Baker completely by accident. Like most random gifts of music, I discovered Sam via his MySpace page after seeing a link on some Web developer’s Web site. Once I heard the pop-friendly title track of his debut album, “Do Good Then Walk Away”, I knew I wanted to check out Baker’s entire body of work.
“Do Good Then Walk Away” is my favorite track of the album; it stays with you as the day goes on. This is a song that could be remixed and not lose its power. Do Good Then Walk Away consists of eleven songs, all written by Baker himself, and I was surprised by the successful application of the folk/pop flavor. What is absolutely clear with Sam’s talent is that he’s got the ability to craft good songs, with the honesty in his voice to back it up.
“Good Love Song” has a simple message to it, and is just as strong as the aforementioned title track, showing that Baker’s not just another one-trick pony. Then, when he goes with a more pop-country sound, as in “Runnin’ With the Boys”, it’s apparent that he would he certain success amid the Nashville music scene, and could be huge on country radio.
“Hindsight” is what it says it is, reflecting on what was and what is. This is another beautiful song that could appeal to country radio because Baker’s voice is able to bridge the pop and folk/country genre and it completely picks up in tempo in mid-sound, then slows down again very dramatically, which I think would surprise audiences trying to label him by genre.
The fantastic “Ride Called Life” could have easily been the alternate title of the album, while Baker touches on romance and appreciation of a significant other in “Lazy About Love”, and looking at the other side of love with piano ballad “I’d Rather Be Walk”. There is also a very sweet song written about his niece Brooke, called “Brooke’s Song”, as it’s nice to see an artist not afraid of the sentimental and the ideal. The final track, “Waiting for You”, a song about unconditional love, is the perfect way to close out the album and one of the strongest songs in the set.
I would love to see Sam Baker picked up by a major record label, as he has a solid sound that can be cross-marketed and an appeal that would make him marketable to pop and country audiences alike. He’s another artist that would be fantastic to see live, and I hope he continues recording and performing.