CD REVIEW: Pernell Disney – “Severn Way”
By Stacey Board - 09/25/2003 - 09:13 PM EDT
Artist: Pernell Disney Album: “Severn Way” CD Review:
This CD is one that made me glad that I put on CD’s and listen to them multiple times. It really grew on me each time I heard it.
The songs are full of added loops and effects. But the additions are subtle and don’t overpower the solid guitar, keyboards, drum and bass that make up the foundation. I have no bias for or against them, but at first listen they seemed to detract from some of the songs. But on multiple listening, the cohesion of the CD as a whole really became pleasing. He kind of reminds of Ron Sexsmith when he sings, but the arrangements and production choices are much more pop.
I think the standout songs are “Time For Tea” and “I’m From Hollywood”. The added looped subtle keyboard touches and rhythms fit the material, and both are exceptional melodies and writing. “I’m From Hollywood” is especially and appropriately spooky and atmospheric. Disney’s lyrics are spare but that is his chosen style for creating a mood and it works here.
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