"There is something happening right now in America.
Right now the United States is caught up in one of those kind of
grooves that make us think that maybe, just maybe we can
actually become the country that we were supposed to be all
along. As a nation we are not able to shake off the hope and
promise that the 1960's offered up. Back in the days of dark
suits, skinny ties, big hair and black & white TV's,
there was a sense that "the impossible was possible."
Remember the America that was depicted in the eMpTVy
video "R.O.C.K In The USA" by John Cougar Mellencamp?,
well that vision of America now seems to be current reality.
Face it folks, we are living in special time where the leading
Presidential candidate seems to embody the best characteristics
of both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, where the leading
musical artist of the day is a big hair British chick who sings
1960's R&B, and that "subversive integrationist",
John Cougar Mellencamp
is being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. So enjoy
this time, while we can, it might just be all over with in six
months. If you read between the lines of all of these album
reviews, you will notice a common thread...
Norman Kelsey - A Talent For Loving
Norman Kelsey's album is what I would expect the "first Lenny Kravitz album" to sound like. It's full of better than average rock, soul, funk, pop songs. Simple 3 minute songs with hooks, that you can bop down the boardwalk to while you snap your finger. It's also got a few GREAT songs, that would be automatic hit records if they could be heard by the masses. And it shows a hell of a lot of potential for the artist himself to become a "universal fusion artist." It's the kind of an album that you can put on, leave on and think that you are listening to a Top 40 radio station from back in the day, playing a diverse set of music that somehow all "works together." The album as a whole reminds me of hanging out at the beach all summer and hearing great summer songs coming out of tiny transistor radios, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, that get played on BOTH the Black stations and the white stations. Buy this album now, it gets better and better with each listen, but wait till the summertime to play it for your friends, so that they can become hooked on this album, and not even realize why."
- Bob Davis, Soul-Patrol.com
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