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Perry Keyes – The Last Ghost Train Home (2007)

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peery k front“If he’d been born in the US then Keyes may well have been heralded as the next Springsteen. As it is, he’s something altogether more original.” — Rock ‘N’ Reel, November/December 2007

“This album has everything that any fan of quality song writing could want. Perry Keyes has produced a great album.” — Americana-UK, September 2007

“Like Steve Earle, his world-weary songs stand out as a beacon of truth in a sea of deceit.” — The Age, Melbourne, September 2007

“There is a great deal owing to Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Elvis Costello in the sound here but the songs all belong to Perry Keyes and him alone.” — Music-News.com, September 2007

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Chuck Prophet – The Hurting Business (2000)

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chSinger/songwriter and cracking guitarist Chuck Prophet breaks the Americana mold on his fifth solo recording, and pops turntablism and noisy Tom Waits-style clanks into his formal songs as an experiment. It works: there’s the bouncy Farfisa-toned title song, and “Lucky” is an absolute hit single right in the minimalist pocket with its guitar, drums, Hammond organ, and falsetto vocals (all certainly atypical on a Prophet-style production). “God’s Arms” has a melodious Eastern hymn spin thanks to swirling Mellotron and mando guitar subbing for sitar. Though Homemade Blood was his high-water mark, new listeners may want to connect with this so-called departure before digging deeper into Prophet’s wealthy storehouse of songcraft.

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David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008)

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daThe musical reunion between David Byrne and Brian Eno comes with a fair amount of baggage. After all, they produced some of the greatest records in rock history: the trio of Talking Heads records that Eno worked on, culminating in Remain in Light, and followed by the duo’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where all manner of funky beats and freaky sampladelic rhythms were wedded to Pentecostal exorcisms and African ceremonial bush chants. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a nearly 180-degree turn from the duo’s collective musical past. These 11 songs are loopy pop tunes that wed Byrne’s strange hearing of gospel and folk to Eno’s continually evolving rhythmic and electronic palette — they refer to it as “folk-electronic-gospel.” Granted, Eno’s compositional frameworks are all written in major keys, and Byrne’s poetically funny, sophisticated lyrics express possibility and hope in the middle of cultural darkness, but while it’s clear that the emotional component is shared between the two principals, this is far from “message” music. The set opens with “Home.” Strummed acoustic guitars and drum loops textured by sonic wonkery introduce an elegantly simple melody where Byrne, at his full-throated best, sings: “The dimming of the light/Makes the picture clearer…I memorized a face so it’s not forgotten…Come back anytime/And we’ll mix our lives together/Heaven knows what keeps mankind alive/Every hand — goes searching for its partner in crime.” Brokenness and paradox are also addressed: “Home where my world is breaking in two/Home with the neighbors fighting/Home — were my parents telling the truth?” Likewise, the title track — with its warm, liquid guitars (à la Daniel Lanois), out-of-the-ether sonic architecture, and Byrne’s lyric coming from both dream and reflection — is slower and less jaunty, but poetically moving: “Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you all right/And among the living, we are giving/All through the night….” The backing choral voices give the track its “church” feel, but the message is more human and existential than divinely inspired. Another winner is “Life Is Long,” which evokes remembrance as the continuation of the chain of human events. Its horn section touches on soul and rhythm & blues, but is blanched and diluted wonderfully. The only track that consciously attempts the rhythmic complexity of anything on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is “Poor Boy,” which is cosmic science-fiction white-boy funk at its best. It’s a warning against following the established order and rampant, empty materialism for their own sake — its guitar riff comes straight outta the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar.” Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is, despite the long odds, a truly inviting, musically adventurous, and mature musical statement. It reveals in spades how willing artists are capable of redefining themselves when they refuse to take themselves too seriously. This is unfettered joyful listening, and in its own small way, even profound.

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Mick Hucknall – American Soul [Deluxe Edition] (2013)

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Here, on the  American Soul, Hucknall pays tribute to, well, American soul, selecting 12 soul standards, most of them from the ’60s. Hucknall bends the rules a bit, allowing the Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” into the mix to flirt with Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do,” but he generally sticks […]

Al Basile (feat. Duke Robillard Band) – At Home Next Door (2012)

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Any doubts as to just how good a Singer, Songwriter, and Cornet player Al Basile is, can quickly be put to rest after only a few moments of listening to his great new release, “At Home Next Door”, his ninth Duke Robillard produced album. Even better news about Al Basile’s new release is that it […]