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Steve Fulton - Said & Heard

Said & Heard

Steve Fulton

Uncommon Records - 72432

Avaliable from CD Baby

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

This is a disc built on some very beautiful vocal gymnastics, which are supported by some fine playing. Like so much music now there is no particular genre that it falls into, and which at many times is a strong positive, as it is in this case. As strong as strong as the focal point is on the vocals and the word play here, he also plays about half a gazillion instruments, actually counted about 10 (not sure how serious he was about some) as well as singing multiple parts. Before going further this disc has a serious flaw, the printing. The size of a CD booklet is conducive to a small typeface, so why make it more difficult to read by obstructing it further with "arty tricks" that add nothing to the disc. (Let me say I am all for decorative/arty touches, however not when it interferes with communication of material that is important enough to be noted).

Mr. Fulton has a good voice and the people he has selected to surround himself with sure add greatly to the disc, as it has great sound, this includes not only the musicians/vocalists, but also the recording engineers, there is no producer listed so I think it safe to assume he also acted as the producer. He also wrote all 12 of the songs though one, Stairs, was co-written with Tim Willis. The songs are stories, though not always in a linear story line, yet maintaining a strong coherence. These are literate songs and with some very pleasant word plays. The guitar playing at times is reminiscent of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, who were two virtuoso guitarists that were known as Pentangle. A disc filled with surprises, and as noted they are pleasing and interesting.

Track List:

  • Sidewords
  • Said & Heard
  • Elevator
  • Yours Truly
  • Stairs
  • Hesitate
  • Muted
  • Dance
  • Yahweh
  • For Ours
  • EZ James
  • Mirror

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

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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