"Rarely an artist comes along that combines raw emotion, masterful command of songwriting and an exceptional performance. James Kinne has reached that plateau on his first solo release, Between. Kinne composed, arranged and played all the instruments (save some backing vocals). That would spell doom for most musicians but Kinne's talent and experience shines through on well-crafted songs that reveal an intimate look into the heart and mind of this singer/songwriter. Acoustic-based with flavors of electric mixed in, the guitar is the driving force with tasteful drum complements reminiscent of Toad the Wet Sprocket yet less sorrowful/dark and more readily accessible.
The disc starts with an upbeat song that begs for driving, "Molly." "Better Things" is a look towards brighter tomorrows. "Passerby" also looks ahead and provides a mission statement - heading out on your own and creating what comes naturally for yourself. "Reaching Towards Dawn" combines a great vocal melody with some quick finger-picking acoustic work. A tad bit of reggae influence on "Find My Way" and the rocking "Reach Down" add more stylistic variety. The disc wraps with a stunning live performance of "Before" (puts all questions aside if he is as good live as he is on record) and a hidden track, "Angel Eyes," which is simply breathtaking and emotionally gripping. I've listened to over 200 CDs released in 2002, this is my favorite hands down."
-Brad Parmerter, FYE.com