Recordings Review: American Dreams album
by Greg Jackson, Upstate Live, NY
Upon receiving Cosby's package and handwritten note, it was very apparent that she cares
deeply about each facet of her presentation. I didn't want to undo the hand wrapped CD
that came with the handwritten note, very nice touches, for sure. It didn't surprise me to
hear her lilting voice proclaim the chorus of "Trouble in the Hills," backed with her rhythmic
staccato guitar playing.
Conviction in her art was apparent before hearing a single note. Cosby has found
inspiration in many singer/songwriters we've heard before, it's difficult ground to tread
upon, even more to profess individuality, but she pulls it off.
"Silver Wolf" exudes a natural metaphor, but is it what she really means. Does she imply
the hunter and the hunted, or the simple dance of freedom through individuality. Most times
it's best when the decision is left to the listener and she pulls this off gracefully.
It's almost as if she composes from another time, simpler, more honest, more
concise,without frivolous self-importance. At times wistful, then confident, always emotive,
calm on the surface. Her reading of "Shipwrecks" echoes a quality of Annie Haslam in a
traditional folk-song way, stretching her vocal range and reflecting more lessons learned
So, be sure to stop by www.cosbygibson.com and give Cosby a listen. It won't be hard
to follow her footsteps through the forest to a cabin with a stone fireplace, warm and