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Kevin Mark - Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Kevin Mark

Available from Kevin Mark's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by L.C. Di Marco
(guitarbabe@hotmail.com)

I had the chance to visit Kevin during the process of his recording this album in Toronto and I knew it would be a great finish. Produced by Jack de Keyzer, this album is even more groovin' than his previous recordings. It's no wonder he's winning all sorts of awards!

So Blue Without You is actually a great tune to start on. It has an almost Elvis-twist sound with all the gentle yet groovin' bells and whistles.

Now Cold-hearted Woman makes me wonder if the male genders are truly masters of the blues. I say that at great risk given my own values as an independent woman. "I want to hold you in my arms ...I want to love you one more day" — lyrics not too often found in women's blues tunes. I like to think of myself as proudly independent but somehow this song makes me feel just right about being in this bear's arms. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Now one of the things I love most about this album and Mark himself is his vocals. Don't get me wrong, the music is awesome and the sound absolutely professional and the recording high quality (something that seems to be much more viable of the blues genre). I'm starting to wonder if the whole label 'blues' is really an oxymoron cause it's the one genre that makes me want to groove, rock & roll all over the dance floor.

With special guests Michael Fonfara (piano), Laurier Gagnon (rhythm guitar/slide guitar), Linda Fraraccio (vocals) and the rest of the crew, this is a well-produced (Jack de Keyzer) and well-engineered (Alec Fraser) album. If you're looking for a fun, funkin' groovin' sexy evening, take your partner for a night on the town and go check out Kevin at your local blues joint!

Track List:

  • So Blue Without You
  • Mean Mistreater
  • Big Blue Cadillac
  • Cold Hearted Woman
  • I'm So Broke
  • Let's Do It Again
  • Lying In The Bed I Made
  • She's Murder
  • Sweet Sugar Mama
  • Bad Girl
  • You're So Mean
  • I Want You To Be My Baby
  • Searching For My Baby

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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