Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
Any musician with big enough malt balls to call himself Chocolate Genius is worth checking out. Marc Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius) admits that he's a sucker for a pun. Which brings us to his release, Black Mus... more »
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Any musician with big enough malt balls to call himself Chocolate Genius is worth checking out. Marc Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius) admits that he's a sucker for a pun. Which brings us to his release, Black Music. Black Music refers to the dark, desolate nature of his songs (dark chocolate if you must). "If the songs were all fast, I'd probably call it Race Music," he jokes. And Chocolate Genius? To my dismay it's neither a porn nom de plume nor nineties blaxploitation. Thompson calls Chocolate Genius a groove rather than a group. It's a name shared by whomever is in the room while the music is being made. I suppose the guy who delivers pizza to the studio and the fly on the wall share in the Chocolate G. Popular New York City acidic jazz musicians John Medeski and Chris Wood dipped their talents into the chocolate as well. Thompson's songs, evoking the wry despair of Mark Eitzel, are hymns of urban grime. The pains of alcoholism, love and aging ring out like a confessional as his gruff voice looks for hope in hopelessness, for a savior in empty bottles. Songs like 'Hangover Five' and 'Hangover Nine' fill a record that reeks of liquor and addiction. 'Hangover Nine' is one of my favorites a creepy groove thing that takes you into the mind of an alcoholic by way of Thompson's disoriented spoken word. It's loaded with broken promises, self-loathing and cool guitar effects. I am emptier than yesterday's raincoat. V2. 2005.
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Darrin M. Harvey | Lakeville, N.S. Canada | 12/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For the love of god, if you are a music fan BUY THIS RECORD. Am I the only person who "gets this"? This record isn't just good. It's IMPORTANT. I know it's been said about other (less important) artists, but I've seen the future of music and the future is Chocolate Genius.
Go to his web site and listen to some of the songs. If your are a fan of GREAT music with GREAT lyrics you will buy this AND God Music.
Just give it a try.
Catch him live...
Vostromo | New York, NY | 05/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My intro to Chocolate Genius was a live concert where he and the band were the opening act. When all was said and done, they blew away the main event to the point where I can't honestly recall who it was we were there to see. Chocolate Genius is one of the best live performers I've ever seen -- he establishes an immediate, deep connection with the audience, he's an incredible improviser (often incorporating events in the concert hall directly into his lyrics extemporaneously) and he has an incredible voice. Frankly, the soulfulness of his music and his delivery simply are not represented well on any of his CDs. I couldn't say exactly why, though I think the even-handedness of the mix has something to do with it, smoothing out the highs and lows to his detriment. In any event, if you don't know Chocolate Genius, get yourself asap to one of his shows. If you know him only from CDs, get yourself asap to one of his shows. If you have no interest at all, get yourself asap to one of his shows."
Louise | Texas | 11/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marc Anthony Thompson has a unique style that is unmatched by any other entertainer since Elvis left the building. He is an exceptional, talented, musician/entertainer whose contributions to the music industry should have given him "Super Stardom" success. He has a style that baits you, reels you in and hooks you once you start listening to him. I hope he continues to record for many years."