There is no escaping the over-the-top 11th studio album, The Heavy Entertainment Show, by Robbie Williams. You maybe have heard about the controversy Williams is engendering over the lyrics over the album’s first single “Party Like A Russian” and how kinky the video is (at least the shoes are kinky that models/ballerinas wear in the video). But there is lots to like about Heavy Entertainment Show. From the interplay between the simple piano and Williams’ barker opening vocal contrasting with the welcoming big horn roiling choruses of the title track opener, to the dance tune over Prokofiev spikes of “Party Like a Russian.”
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The shunky beat of “Do a Little Dancin” opens Justin Ryan’s 12-song Warm Whiskey Nights. It’s an early introduction to the man’s solid songwriting, slight nasal twang and the sing-able choruses he will reveal along the way here; there is a lead electric piano here I really like.
This is music mining the infamous Dart music begun back in the 70’s, a poppy Devo-like, surfer guitar blend of fun. In the late 70’s a record was released by a band called the Human Darts…but there wasn’t a band at all. Three friends released the record and went about their own musical careers while the single turned into a punk underground collector’s release. What followed was the start of bands from across the country with different members with sometimes different names pounding out the simple sonic signature of the Darts. One of the original producers/writers, “Mr. Zelk” tracked down the son of an original Dart member Shane Close and original guitarist John Arduser and here again comes Dart music…or so the legend goes.
A roiling organ flows under Midnight’s high warble on “Cigarette Smoke,” again he employs perfect harmonies, while “Exist, Connect” closes the door on this particular residence, sounds-more-then-song again, ala Daniel Lanois or Angelo Badalamenti. Overall we have a good thick concept album here from a sold composer, maybe a little long in the soundscapes, but certainly Midnight can write, sing and play and has something to say.
Yes, that certain season will all too soon be upon us and Soprano Abigail Winzer is preparing us well with her new CD Rejoice.
You’re not going to do better then The Furious Seasons 5th release Look West when it comes to acoustic folk pop.