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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a masterpiece but still damn fine
Dowd returns to a more guitar-orientated sound with his 2008 release (including fleeting references to Hendrix and Deep Purple) as he once again scratches away at issues of sin and broken lives. The album is divided into three parts, headed "Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die", "Putting lipstick on a pig", and "Thy shalt not covet thy neighbour's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2008):
Johnny Dowd - A Drunkard's Masterpiece (Munich Records),
We're big fans of Johnny Dowd, but his latest record, A Drunkard's Masterpiece, is causing some consternation here at Bangs Towers. Some seem to think that is makes a fine job of living up to its title, while others (me and the dog) aren't convinced. It's all very well bringing out a concept album with a...
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Leicester Bangs


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3.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2008):, 19 Feb 2011
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Johnny Dowd - A Drunkard's Masterpiece (Munich Records),
We're big fans of Johnny Dowd, but his latest record, A Drunkard's Masterpiece, is causing some consternation here at Bangs Towers. Some seem to think that is makes a fine job of living up to its title, while others (me and the dog) aren't convinced. It's all very well bringing out a concept album with a fetching line in surrealist biblical imagery, but the strength of a Johnny Dowd record lies in Johnny himself, and there simply isn't enough of him here. Instead, a big chunk of vocal duties have been usurped by accomplice, Kim Sherwood-Caso, and I'm not so keen. 6/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a masterpiece but still damn fine, 25 Jun 2012
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Dowd returns to a more guitar-orientated sound with his 2008 release (including fleeting references to Hendrix and Deep Purple) as he once again scratches away at issues of sin and broken lives. The album is divided into three parts, headed "Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die", "Putting lipstick on a pig", and "Thy shalt not covet thy neighbour's ass". Very good.
A caveat. You either love Johnny Dowd's work or you loathe it, there's no middle ground. But if you connect with his music there is a rich seam of recordings to tap into. Be warned though, this is not easy listening. He charts the darker side of life, love and the American dream, often with dark humour. The lyrics venture into territory no other song writer I know dares enter: just what is autobiographical and what is not is any listener's guess. On every album there are some tracks that work brilliantly, others that do not come off so well. But Dowd is never slick and he is never dull. And with an output of some 15 CDs in about as many years (taking into account his live releases) that is quite an achievement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it says........, 28 Aug 2008
This review is from: A Drunkard's Masterpiece (Audio CD)
The one line comments from Mojo and Uncut are spot on. I picked this up with only an awareness of JD through listening to Jim White. My initial thought was...."What is this!" but before it was over I realised I'd found a gem. Look out for a very familiar riff in Opus 3.
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