Rocky Votolato – Television of Saints

January 01, 1970



Rocky Votolato’s
return to his roots comes full circle with Television
of Saints
, an album that recasts his dusty prairie melodies as earnest folk
ballads and strummed serenades intent on securing an emotional bond. Where he
once seemed content in etching aching confessions and strained laments,
Votolato now moves ever closer to populist perspective, the kind of songs that could
illuminate either a campfire gathering or an Occupy rally.


Despite tangled
emotions, the songs seek to be assuring and even enlightening to a certain
degree. The unerring despair of “Start Over” (“I got no fight left but I can’t
let go”) and the wistful deliberation of “Sparks” (“primary colors on the wall
to remember the real meaning of failure and golden mistakes…”) epitomize the
sobering stance Votolato’s prone to embrace, but the engaging harmonies that
highlight “Little Spring” and “Writing Fiction” conjure up more than a hint of
Simon and Garfunkel during their maiden years, when forlorn vocals and acoustic
guitars were the primary means of expression. Likewise, the soothing “Crooked
Arrows” brings to mind the Indigo Girls with a male juxtaposition. Unassuming and
uncluttered, Television of Saints is intimate
yet expressive, as if birthed on a breeze.


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