The replacement of free-blowing reed virtuoso Elton Dean (in 1972) with oboist and keyboardist (and composer) Karl Jenkins was a key element in the band's change of musical emphasis, especially in respect of the input of new material.
Otherwise, it's dark romantic moodiness all the way for its tales of dislocation and reconciliation, a relaxed melancholia that's mournful yet somehow as comforting as staring up at the stars through a canopy of pines.Some of the returning old favorites include Lakeview Char Kway Teow, Song Kee Fish Balls, Ah Chwee Kway Chap, Mang Kiko, Thunder Tea, Qiu Lian Ban Mian, Bao Luo Wan Xiang, Anjappar Indian Cuisine, Big Bites and Sunny Viet Vietnamese Cuisine, among others.Many of the songs here are drawn from real life stories, invested with her deep sense of compassion, commitment and indignation at injustice.The disc's two parables provide contrasting experiences: Go Ugly Early is steeped in desperate southern-gothic familial mythology while Tales Of Sweet Odysseus is a more overtly ironic twist on a mythological adventure that's craftily set to a sideways cod-Irish slip-jig (as a companion to Beggars.The trio's special brand of soul-stirring often reaches farther than straighter, stricter gospel, for it takes the faith directly into your consciousness in a sometimes brash but always cleansing blend of vintage sanctified, country-blues, R B and doowop.Where side 2 trips itself up is that the vocals often sound a semitone too low for Shizzoe's voice.American rap/metal fusion has been around for a while and we are seeing it in the charts, but this is Jamaican rap/British rock.The pieces on this new CD are all Savourna's own compositions, ranging from the middle-eastern sensuality of the title track (one of two to feature Bijan Chemirani on udu as well as zarb) to some more Celtic-influenced tunes with an appealing soft-jazz hue (Persian Purple.Seriously, this bar-room blues would grace many an album, even those produced by better known artists.T Mike Davies Beck Siàn - Unfurling (Haunted Forest Productions) "Just feel the music and listen to the magic" the press release.But I never really latched onto the band at the time, always preferring either more the wholly traditional or the wholly contemporary acts; and I find now that the passage of time has not been kind to Stockton's Wing, for the arrangements on much.
Emilysmith.org m Mike Davies November 2009 Emily Smith - Too Long Away (Spit Polish) Here on album number three, Emily's come a long way (no, I wouldn't say too long a way!
With no fewer than than four guest vocalists, plus some C-list musical celebrities thrown in, there's no real feel of it being the work of one person.This is funk personified and is a strong vibrant pounding opener.Reliable rather than innovative, they're very in the same Americana folk rock arena as early REM, Wilco, Tom Petty, Long Ryders, and Drive By Truckers with ringing guitars, big power chords and slightly raspy, emotion packed vocals.Circa Phil was lead vocalist.C.'s legendary bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene.The backing band from Bridget's Jumblequeen album appears on the 1974 date, while she duets affectingly with Kevin virtual casino owner tej Ayers on the final three songs of the January 1971 session.Persuasively addresses our underappreciation of farmers.All put to softly smoothing lullaby melodies that waft in on balmy morning breezes and fade away into still city nights, leaving the scent of romance behind in the air.M Mike Davies July 2007 Steve Skaith Band - Empires Us (Westpark) The follow up to 2003's solo debut Mexile, the former Latin Quarter frontman maintains his Mexican flavours (that's where he lives these days and from where he's drawn his current band) while the.There's quite a few young artists doing retro country at the moment, but after this it's an open secret who's among the very best.
Over the years Tom's also played bass with Gene Clark, and the influence of the Byrds is an audible feature of this new solo set, as is the genre which gave Tom his formative musical (performing) experience, garage-rock.