Saturday, December 17, 2022
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #866
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JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #866.605.242!
Kristy Lee – Live At The Soul Kitchen (self released) :: All rise! Court is in session!
The honorable Judge Kristy Lee presiding! Wielding an acoustic guitar like a gavel, this rightfully irate woman dispenses
Alabama justice in the form of cautionary tales like the aptly-titled “45” in which an abused woman shoots her
abuser in self-defense with Exhibit A. The female jury in the audience is solidly on Kristy’s side because she’s
got too much soulful personality and heartfelt passion to be held back by the quivering likes of you, you worm, so
stand up and take your medicine like a man. Guilty on all counts! Next case.
Immolate – Ruminate (MVD Audio) :: The album cover outside
shows a skeleton awash in flames while the album music inside shows the vocalist buried alive in dense slabs of Spectorish
sound; a sonic distinction that almost makes this the Exile On Aladdin Sane St. of death metal. Double bonus points
for having a singer who actually sings instead of screams and for having a band that’s smart enough to take
their musical cues from Powerman 5000—not that they’d ever admit it.
Elizabeth And The Catapult – The Other
Side Of Zero (Verve Forecast) :: From the label that gave you Billie Holiday comes another woman y’gotta watch
out for, what with her woeful tales of doomed romance like “Go Away My Lover” on which she laments: “Darling
won’t you go? Leave me to my tower, leave me all alone.” But it’s not all Garboesque fun ’n’
games because there’s a dark Lynch-pin supporting these proceedings that’ll make you nervously laugh at her insightful
lyrics and then suddenly think: does she really mean it?
Jonas & The Massive Attraction – Big Slice (self
released) :: Having studied such previous purveyors as Springsteen and Aerosmith, it’s apparent that Jonas & The
Massive Attraction want to prove it all night that they’re the new modern masters of the Power Ballad; an aspiration
which they admirably achieve on three quarters of Big Slice. But since man does not live on ballads alone, I’m
pleased to say that the remainder of the record is a raucous romp of ramped up heavy duty rock ’n’ roll that,
with a little bit of dedication to the cause, could very end up reverberating all the way back to the sonic neighborhood where
Buzz Shearman’s legendary band Moxy used to live—and yes, that’s a challenge.
FIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Bryan Ferry –
Olympia (Virgin) :: I was looking through my record collection for some rejects to give away as Christmas presents
when I came across this prime candidate. The come-hither satin sheets cover photo may look like a Roxy Music throwback
but this ballad-bloated album ain’t no Stranded by a Country Life mile. Which only goes to show that
you can lead Bryan Ferry, Eno, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Chris Spedding back to the fountain of rock, but you can’t
make them drink.