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Thread #139955   Message #3240857
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
18-Oct-11 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: Review: THIS IS US: New Mudcat CD set
Subject: RE: Review: THIS IS US: New Mudcat CD set
Just got my copies of the CDs and listened to Sky first (well, that's the one I am on after all LOL) and I was very impressed with the overall quality of performance and songwriting. A project like this would seem to tend toward vanity publishing, but Bradfordian has dodged that description, at least thus ar on hearing only the Sky CD.
Lots of high points on this one, but I wanted to mention the ones I particularly enjoyed on first hearing. Dreams and High Hopes by Michael Rofkar is the kind of story song I like, is about the American Civil War, which is a passion of mine, and is particularly well recorded and performed by Michael's session musicians.
Marty Kohn's 16 Monkeys is the kind of song I approach with a certain scepticism...the lyrics are funny, but will the song be? Well, yes it is indeed.
Bruce Murdoch's singing and delivery are really good on I Just Seem to Keep Loving You. I appreciate the emotional honesty of his approach very much.
And finally, I was fascinated by the purity of the harmony singing on Sweet Minerva by Hazel Richings and Linda Kelly. Just beautiful.

Those were my standouts, but I didn't find a weak or unlistenable track on the CD.