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Showing posts with label Jeff Cotton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Cotton. Show all posts

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Madfish Music artist: Jeff Cotton - The Fantasy of Reality - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Fantasy of Reality, by Jeff Cotton and it's curiously cool. Opening with Does It Work For You, an abstract progressive rocker, this track has the feel of a Fripp/ Belew composition. With spoken lyrics on echo, a straightforward drum rhythm and assorted overlaid guitar riffs and themes, this track is really interesting. A more classically oriented, Ivy, shows Cotton's depth as a composer and acoustic guitar artist. With a solid central melody, I really like this track. Quirky, Elvirus, is really a modern take on traditional blues, with a contemporary theme... vocal backed by acoustic slide. On The Thread is an eccentric take on an instrumental surf theme. I like quirky but not kitschy and this track slides in nicely. With a driving drum line, interwoven electric guitar riffs, Indian influences and slide guitar, this track really is cool. Heavy, is another delta style blues instrumental, even mimicking the surface noise found on old 78rpm records. Although much of the vocal delivery is tongue in cheek, the slide work is right on. Hear The Word is a thematic blues/ rock track with a jazz overtone, changing themes and "Jack Bruce" like vocals.  Wrapping the release is Clean In Nature's Stream with it's folk like rhythm guitar and vocals. The surprise is Cotton's relentless electric attack which permeates the theme making for a rich completion. 

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