Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Indispensable: Best of
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Dale E. Hopkins, II | Lakewood, OH USA | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The thing with Michael Franks is, you either get him or you don't. To the untrained or unfocused ear, Mr. Franks is a light-weight jazz vocalist. To someone who is paying attention, there is a lot of word-play in his turns of clever lyric and very subtle sexiness via his playful spirit. This collection, which I feel is a great companion to his U.S. "Hits" compilation, shows that his success lies in his consistency over the last 3 decades.From the opening notes of "Eggplant" you develop a sense of what this guy is all about. After all, who else could deliver a line like, "Maybe it's the scallions, maybe she's Italian- I can't reveal her name, but eggplant is her game" and not come off sounding like a total idiot. No one, but Michael Franks.Mr. Franks uses common, everyday objects as metaphors as in the song "Baseball" or "When the Cookie Jar is Empty". Unless you really care, you will miss the sheer poetry that is set out for you. I was 11 years old when I got turned onto "Burchfield Nines", Michael Franks's 1978 release. Even at that age- I knew that there was something special and unique about his music. It has a sense of style that is his very own. I honestly feel that (and this is in my own experience) this is the perfect intimate evening disc. You'll find yourself becoming increasingly playful as the evening progresses and what you do from there is up to you... whether it's "filling the cookie jar", "cooking eggplant" or walking through the "Jardin Botanico".This is a truly superb and INDESPENSIBLE listening experience for the sophisticated listener."
Ivan | SEATTLE, WA / UKRAINE | 06/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"that's the last M.Franks CD i needed to get ... Now I have all of them... Do You really need any other comments ?...P.S. I start my M.Franks collection back in Ukraine,where 1 CD is 1/3 of typical monthly salary...I had 5 of them there... His poetry and music is OUTstanding/standing far out of line/ and totally UNIQUE. Enjoy !"