Monday, February 23, 2015

Cecile Doo-Kingue - Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues - New release review

I just received the newest release, Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues from Cecile Doo-Kingue and it's different and entertaining. Opening with Make Me, a modern jazz styled folk tune with a strong clever message. CDK alone on vocal, guitar and tambourine. Possibly radio restricted for language or subject, this is a great radio (strong memorable melody) track. Third World Child has warm guitar melodies and overall sounds like a tune that would have been penned by James Taylor or other well known solo acoustic vocalists. Very nice. Six Letters has a strong blues root including rudimentary acoustic slide work. A solid delta style boot stomper, this track is spot on. Little Bit is another really well constructed track with a catchy pop style melody. CDK, always with the solid guitar rhythm and distinctive vocal style takes this track off on a little loose jazz riff. Nice! Home has a really nice acoustic folk jazz feel and snappy guitar riffs. Another blues rooted track, Bloodstained Vodka, is a modern track with solid old style roots describing social and political controversy in today's world. Sweet Talkin' Devil, a track about addiction and personal issues looks again to contemporary delivery of solid blues rudiments for a well written story. Boogie track, Animal Kingdom keeps the blues drive but adds a light jazzy touch. Cool track. Wrapping the release is Anybody Listening, is a really pretty track again only CDK on vocal, guitar and tambourine. Nicely balanced, articulated and delivered, this is a nice track to wrap a solid jazz/blues/folk release with heart.

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