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CD REVIEW: Reverend Freakchild - God shaped hole
By Ivan Nossa - 01/23/2011 - 03:12 PM EST

Artist: Reverend Freakchild
Album: God shaped hole
Label: treatedandreleasedrecords
Genre: Blues/Country
Sounds Like: Lean Russell, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Sweet sweet you, Don’t mean nothing
CD Review: Reverend Freakchild comes from Hawaii, Boston, New York and God only knows how many other places have touched his life and enriched his background. At the same time he has played in various bands (like Bananafish, The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners, The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All Stars), shows, international tours and also venues like Carnagie Hall (with the metro Mass Gospel Choir). After all these experiences it comes natural for his new cd to be so rich and diverse.

It is like a garden with many flowers and every flower has its own beautiful color. These flowers are his songs that come from different music American roots but sound always appropriate. We can find true blues in “A day late and a $ short” and “Worried life”. Rock, especially American rock, with songs like “Crazy life”. And even country with “Sweet sweet you” and “My good friend Legba” or “Causing crying”. The icing on the cake of all the above is his soulful voice that adds a special deepness to all the tracks. His voice can change from country to blues in seconds and fit perfectly. Most of the songs takes us back to the times of American real bluesmen and countrymen. I suggest that he continues in the search for his personal style to add to these music genres that he interpret so well.

He plays guitar and harmonica and his harmonica bits are really emotional. The end of “A day late and a $ short” is a gem. In some tracks he is accompanied by the Cosmic All-Stars, and they play beautifully. The lap-steel is vibrating making some songs sound like classics.

The arrangements are first class, they allow the entire album to switch from one genre to the other and sound always very good and perfect for all the kinds of music. The violin in supersubconscious is really a nice touch, a kind of a melancholic second voice. The bluesful banjo in “My good friend Legba” and the dramatic drum solo of "Worried mind" send shivers.

A very good album, played with the heart and sung with the soul.

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