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Knugu - Quadrilogy

Quadrilogy

Knugu

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

I've long been a fan of James Lee Stanley's music, and he's heavily involved in this effort by player-composer Knugu, but Quadrilogy a but too similar to his wife Pamela's work for my tastes. The first cut, Getting Over You is grotesquely static, stiff like an overstarched shirt, though the second slot, Dark Angels, is intriguing, as saccharine a song as one might hope to find (or not) but crafted in attractive sonic packaging. When this kind of overly weepy tear-jerker is done right, the result can be surprisingly affective, and Dark Angels achieves that level. Unfortunately, the last two tracks to the EP-CD fall somewhere in between the first two cuts, failing to meet the promise given in Angels.

Proceeds from the sales of this disc will go to projects working to aid children hit by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars wrought by the fascist jackals in Washington DC, so, on that alone, I hope the disc does well, but when it comes to artistic merit, Knugu needs to work on what's obviously his pop bent and then loosen up…a lot.

Track List:

  • Getting Over You (Knugu / Tone)
  • Dark Angels (Knugu)
  • Ad in Personals (Knugu / Stanley)
  • Running Back to You (Knugu / Stanley)

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

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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