Ken Stringfellow is certainly no stranger to catchy rock. With his experience with bands like The Posies, R.E.M, and Big Star, heâ€™s contributed to dozens of memorable tracks. Danzig in the Moonlight, his first solo LP in eight years, shows that Stringfellow still knows how to build an album.
Danzig flirts with many genres, sometimes even in the same song. â€œJesus Was an Only Childâ€ starts out mournful and piano-oriented, but halfway through the electric guitar and distortion kicks in to go from a religious song to a political condemnation. Current events also crop up on â€œ110 or 220 V,â€ with its jazzy harmonica suiting lines like â€œI lost all I had at the Battle of New Orleans.â€ Early rock and soul crop up on â€œDrop Your Pride,â€ while â€œYouâ€™re the Goldâ€ channels the blue-eyed soul of Van Morrison.
Unlike any other song on the album is â€œOdorless, Colorless, Tasteless,â€ in which Stringfellow delivers striking vocals over sparse string accompaniment. Itâ€™s a raw performance and proof that he doesnâ€™t have to layer instruments to create something striking. Also compelling is â€œDoesnâ€™t It Remind You of Something,â€ his duet with Charity Rose Thielen in which the two reminisce over a relationship ruined by abuse.
Stringfellow is a music fanâ€™s musician, with his diversity and clever use of metaphors. With any luck, his next album wonâ€™t take so long for him to deliver.