Danny Schmidt – Standard Deviation

Album Review | Live Once Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

The tenth studio album sees the renowned Austin-based singer songwriter explore, amongst other things, fatherhood and family, with ten new songs, expressed with a distinctively cracked, almost fragile delivery. Described as ‘pencil sketch songs’, Danny elicits the assistance of a handful of choice musicians, including his partner Carrie Elkin on harmony vocals. Produced by Will Robertson, Standard Deviation once again reveals a songwriter’s songwriter doing what he does best, that is to present us with a showcase of remarkable songs from the heart, including such delights as “Newport ’65”, which channels mid-60s Dylan and the achingly poignant “We Need a Better Word.”