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Soft Commands CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RYKODISC
  • ASIN: B00031QOLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Drew
  2. Any Love (Cassandra Et Lune)
  3. Known Diamond
  4. When U Find Someone
  5. Don't Die
  6. Let Me Do
  7. For Your Sake
  8. Je Vous En Prie
  9. You Become The Dawn
  10. Dawn Of The Dub Of The Dawn Featuring Gaffa Man
  11. Cyclone Graves
  12. Death Of A City
  13. Never My Love
  14. Down To The Wire

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The name may not be familiar, but Ken Stringfellow's work will have entered just about everyone's musical vision at some point- from The Posies to a hired hand with REM to the reformed Big Star, Stringfellow's pedigree is without question. However Soft Commands may well move him from the periphery vision to dead centre. A collection of 'proper' pop/ soft-rock songs, this doesn't stop the album from brimming with the kind of songwriting and production that seemed to have retreated to the sidelines after the 70s. In fact, the album could essentially be chock-full of singles; and singles far more interesting than anything in today's Top 40, retaining those oft-missed elements of lyrical interest and melody. The ghosts of supreme pop makers hangs high in the background, influencing the songs as they go; "When U Find Someone" is sprayed with the kind of Beach Boy harmonies that 10cc excelled in, while "Any Love" sounds like Del Amitri's "Nothing Ever Happens" sped up. Held together by Stringfellow's enjoyable, attractive vocals, only the bonus track of Buffalo Springfield's "Down To The Wire", with it's faux-Stax sound is a misstep; otherwise it's business as usual, and a bona-fide credible pop album to relish. --Thom Allott

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I had been waiting for this LP with bated breath, as Ken's Touched is one of my favourite albums of all time. Touched was a consistently excellent record, with hardly a duff track. Soft Commands has maybe five or six great songs, but there are a couple of weak moments that prevent this from being a five starrer.

First track You Drew is lovely - interesting lyrics, well-constructed and with effective piano. It is similar to Jackson Browne and has a classic 70s feel. Any Love is a beaut, a lovely strummed intro and a great dynamic range to Ken's vocals. It's a song that goes to unexpected places and then comes back to a typical Ken killer chorus. Known Diamond is a pretty piano ballad, but is a bit too slow for only the third track. It breaks the flow of the album, which is a pity when the first two tracks are so good.

When U Find Someone has some great harmonies, but is too much of a Beach Boys pastiche vocal wise. Don't Die is a bit of a power pop by numbers plodder. The quality is upped with Let Me Do, which again has great vocals and a Maccaish feel. It is another unpredictable number, and this is a great strength.

For Your Sake is the most Posies-esque track. The verses build up the tension which is released with a glorious chorus. Je Vous En Prie is a lilting paean, it seems, to Ken's wife Dominique. It feels too personal, and to my ears sounds too stereotypically "French". I almost expected Rene from Allo Allo to appear on backing vocals.

You Become The Dawn is great - a well constructed and passionately sung track which even has reggae elements! It is good though! After a short instrumental track - Dawn of the Dub, Ken delivers a couple of corkers which redeem the LP as a whole.
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I bought this as a present for my partner. I was very happy with the prompt delivery and he is happy with his present.
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