Ken Stringfellow - Danzig In The Moonlight
Ken Stringfellow has had a good, productive career. The former Posies frontman has played with numerous bands, and has found success as a solo artist. His latest effort is a solo one: the record Danzig In the Moonlight, which is set for an October 16th release.
The album opens with the hushed Mercury Rev-ish "Jesus Was An Only Child", which morphs itself into a New Wave number. He's hushed again on the soft, grounded harmonica-powered "110 Or 220 V".
Stringfellow has a tendency to get melodramatic with his tunes. The schmaltzy glam of "Superwise" makes it one of those tracks you will hate yourself for loving. The overly-dramatic "Shittalkers" isn't quite as redeeming.
Inexplicably an Al Green soul number breaks out on "Pray". On "History Buffs", he verges on piano prog rock. It feeds into the bizarro cabaret of "Drop Your Pride". The medley "4am Birds/The End Of All Light/The Last Radio" is a rudderless drifting mess.
It's not all a trainwreck. "You're The Gold" is an outstanding pop rock tune. "Even the Forgers Were Left Fingering the Fakes" is a trippy late-Beatles-style pop ditty. The heartwrenching country duet "Doesn't It Remind You Of Something" is a fabulous lament.
Those shining moments are simply too few and too far between to make Danzig In the Moonlight a recommendation.
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