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Kevin Gordon - O Come Look At The Burning

O Come Look At The Burning

Kevin Gordon

Crowville Collection 4001

Available from Kevin Gordon's web site

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This is a disc that is going to sear itself into your mind with its descriptive intensity and blazing guitar playing, particularly when Gordon puts the slide on. It was recorded live at a home studio, on 16-track tape and was done without laying down a rhythm track first. The vocals went for feel rather than the clean sound of overdubs, and it is all the more intense for the attention paid to that one detail. The over all feel of the songs has a haunting quality, think Edgar Allen Poe, as opposed to what the graphic bloody slasher gore that passes for frightening in today's literature. This feeling is strengthened by Gordon's combination of intense slide playing with a very poetic word scheme. From the opening fuzzed notes of Watching The Sun Go Down, to the ending of the disc, there is a pressing intensity that is almost compelling. The title of the disc comes from the opening lines of this song, and the images keep darting into our ears and imprinting upon our inner eyes that hold aural imagery in our minds, pushed all the harder by the raw power of the music into a concrete form. There is a power here that is incessant and searing. His songs have a power to them that has been recognized, and also have been recorded, by such people as Keith Richards, Levon Helm, and Kate Campbell, to name but a few. This is a disc that might not be on charts, but it most definitely should not be overlooked. It is one of the most powerful discs to grace the players in a very long time.

Track List:

  • Watching the Sun Go Down
  • Find My Way
  • Greenwood Girls
  • Casino Road
  • Joe Light
  • 24 Diamonds
  • Something Heavy
  • Make It Good
  • Flowers
  • Calhoun
  • Crazy Mixed Up World
  • Heart's Not In It

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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