Dave Marsh – Here NB

August 28, 2008 : CD Review

After having spent many years behind the drum kit anchoring fellow Halifax artists like The Superfriendz and Joel Plaskett, Dave Marsh enlists many of those very people to make musical contributions to The True Love Rules, his first solo record.

As expected, Marsh draws from his musical history on much of the record, including the trio of opening tracks (Backstreets Thread, The Way We Live Today and True Love Rules) which could very well compliment some of his peers’ best works. The same pop quirkiness which Joel Plaskett brings to his own tunes is found on many of these tracks, which isn’t a negative thing by any means. With Plaskett assuming production duties for this record, he only seems to fuel the simplicity which seems to be the common theme running throughout each song on The True Love Rules. It’s a trait that suits Marsh’s music and the record as a whole extremely well.

-By Ken Kelley