Saturday, December 16, 2017
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #605
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #605.242!
Kristy Lee – Live At The Soul Kitchen (self
released) :: All rise! Court is in session! The honorable Judge Kristy Lee presiding! Wielding an acoustic guitar like a gavel,
this rightfully irate woman dispenses Alabama justice in the form of cautionary tales like the aptly-titled “45”
in which an abused woman shoots her abuser in self-defense with Exhibit A. The female jury in the audience is solidly on Kristy’s
side because she’s got too much soulful personality and heartfelt passion to be held back by the quivering likes of
you, you worm, so stand up and take your medicine like a man. Guilty on all counts! Next case.
– Ruminate (MVD Audio) :: The album cover outside shows a skeleton awash in flames while the album music inside
shows the vocalist buried alive in dense slabs of Spectorish sound; a sonic distinction that almost makes this the Exile
On Aladdin Sane St. of death metal. Double bonus points for having a singer who actually sings instead of screams and
for having a band that’s smart enough to take their musical cues from Powerman 5000—not that they’d ever
Elizabeth And The Catapult – The Other Side Of Zero (Verve Forecast) :: From the
label that gave you Billie Holiday comes another woman y’gotta watch out for, what with her woeful tales of doomed romance
like “Go Away My Lover” on which she laments: “Darling won’t you go? Leave me to my tower, leave me
all alone.” But it’s not all Garboesque fun ’n’ games because there’s a dark Lynch-pin
supporting these proceedings that’ll make you nervously laugh at her insightful lyrics and then suddenly think: does
she really mean it?
Jonas & The Massive Attraction – Big Slice (self released)
:: Having studied such previous purveyors as Springsteen and Aerosmith, it’s apparent that Jonas & The Massive Attraction
want to prove it all night that they’re the new modern masters of the Power Ballad; an aspiration which they admirably
achieve on three quarters of Big Slice. But since man does not live on ballads alone, I’m pleased to say that
the remainder of the record is a raucous romp of ramped up heavy duty rock ’n’ roll that, with a little bit of
dedication to the cause, could very end up reverberating all the way back to the sonic neighborhood where Buzz Shearman’s
legendary band Moxy used to live—and yes, that’s a challenge.
FIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Bryan Ferry
– Olympia (Virgin) :: I was looking through my record collection for some rejects to give away as Christmas
presents when I came across this prime candidate. The come-hither satin sheets cover photo may look like a Roxy Music
throwback but this ballad-bloated album ain’t no Stranded by a Country Life mile. Which only goes
to show that you can lead Bryan Ferry, Eno, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Chris Spedding back to the fountain of rock, but
you can’t make them drink.
Be seeing you!