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This review is from: I, Flathead (Audio CD)
I'm afraid I was sadly disappointed in the latest offering by Mr. Cooder. Perhaps being British, and not in possession of the novella which apparently explains what the album is all about may have something to do with my lack of enthusiasm. Mr. Cooder is not a singer, and someone in his entourage should tell him so. His voice has a very limited range, and his singing appears to be strained. We are given two talking "songs" out of 14 on the album, which is an indication that too much of the Cooder vocals is not a good thing. In Chavez Ravine, he found some fine songs,the best of them written by others, and some fine singers, and assembled a package which was a delight. But since he has decided to do all the composing and all the singing, on Buddy as on Flathead, the magic has,I'm afraid, disappeared. The Johnny Cash song sounds as if it was made up in a bar on a Saturday night -indeed it's almost disrespectful, whilst his obsession with J.Edgar Hoover resurfaces
unnecessarily. And why ration the wonderful accordion player to one song? Arranging new sound combinations, and finding good tales and ,crucially, characterful singers connected to those tales, are what Mr.C. does best,in my opinion.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2008, 13:08:12 BST
Bawbee does not get Ry Cooder! Nobody has ever bought a Ry Cooder album for the vocals and I suspect Bawbee would be offended by Randy Newman's 'Short People' or disappointed with Dylan's vocals or confused by John Hiatt. I, Flathead is a joy to listen to, very clever and very funny (if you get it that is). Don't be put off buying the album by Bawbee's review, we are all entitled to our opinion and in mine, any Ry Cooder fan would love this album.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2008, 21:25:20 GMT
Tramps like us says:
To say that "Johnny Cash" sounds as "it was made up in a bar on a Saturday night -indeed it's almost disrespectful" is in itself a disrespectful comment. "Johnny Cash" is an affectionate tongue in cheek pastiche and has a great deal of respect for the man in Black.
Posted on 1 Nov 2009, 01:03:27 GMT
S. J. Blackwood says:
This is one of Ry's best albums EVER.Also his singing is great.How refreshing to actually buy a Cooder album that actually predominantly has HIM singing on it.
Posted on 25 Feb 2011, 19:26:44 GMT
S. J. Blackwood says:
I think Ry is a perfectly fine singer.If in doubt listen to "across the borderline" from the Get Rhythm album,or "Thats the way love turned out for me" from the slide Area - to name but a few.The thing I love about his voice is that if you didn't know what he looked like, you wouldn't be able to tell if he was black or white - it's a nice mix really.
The one complaint I have about Ry Cooder albums is that he doesn't sing on them ENOUGH.I told him when I met him after his Edinburgh concert.
I flathead is the best of the "triology" by a country mile,because it has the best songs (written by RY) and BECAUSE he does all the singing.
If I buy a Ry Cooder album,I want to hear Ry Cooder.Not someone else.I Flathead is one of his best.
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