Tuesday 3 October 2006

Kenneth Cope

Greater Than us All is a great album.

I just shelled out some dosh (hard earned cash) to buy the CD version having played my casstte album to oblivion.

I was interested to see some tracks were re-recorded; and it comes to this:

Do you have an original CD album you could send me?

I don’t like the new recordings. They are not what my mind has become adjusted to, and even worse it starts to follow a trend set by the mormon tabernacle choir which seems to be to put inappropriate expression into the performance.

I probably should explain this last accusation a bit more, and I’ll use the tabernacle choir to explain.

I think the choir get bored singing the same old hymns and such so they try and jazz them up and put a bit more emotion into it, but that doesn’t make it better, it only makes it weird. Oh, but its probably more fun to sing.

(Did I mention I’m finding it hard to get decent mo-tab music lately? I’m thinking of downloading all the conferences and ripping the choir out of the middle ot build up a new compilation).

I want "Mo-tab: The same boring old hymns" type stuff, you know, "like momma used to bake" so to speak.

Now you haven’t done a bad job on the new cut of Greater Than Us All, but you are following the trend; a bit more unexpected desparation or wonder in the voice, delay the vocalists entry slightly by half a beat, drag out a middle phrase note for no good reason, it drives me mad. Not every phrase of the song needs to sound like some kind of epiphany or revelation; the song has to do that as a whole, but these days each phrase is trying to compete with the whole song.

It ends up sounding like the emotional expression of some other song overlayed onto this one. (Its nice variety for folk who have sung the song to death no doubt)

Please, be a nice man and send me what you hooked me on, not this slghtly freaky stuff. I like my music straight: A CD of your original cut of Greater Than Us All.

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