Ross Logan’s Secrets of Marindahl is an album with an identity crisis. This is unfortunate given that there are some real gems that get lost in the fracas; if the entire album was comprised of songs like “Drifting,” a beautiful, polished, excellently harmonized ballad about coal trains, highways and heartache, Logan would have a real winner. As it stands, this acoustic treat gets buried amid a frenetic jumble.
Logan claims to be influenced by various artists— from Jack Johnson to Against Me! to Kurt Cobain—and their styles are apparent, but so are those of now-defunct Dispatch, Counting Crows and a too-many-to-name cadre of angst-rock bands. Logan is a skilled lyricist, however, and that fact isn’t overshadowed by his stylistic diversity. He sings about topics both timeless and timely. The tunes themselves are melodic and well composed, if a bit rough around the edges. And, while Logan is no virtuoso, he is creative, passionate and, despite the musical variety, maintains a fairly constant ethos throughout. Give Logan some time to iron out the kinks and, like some of his tracks, he’ll be a diamond in the rough himself.
Ross Logan plays Lake Missoula Cellars Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 PM. $5.