Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
You don't really need to know that there are 70 tracks (more than half "mouth sounds") on Dekkagar's delightful opener, "Making Love (In the Natural Light)," to appreciate its Superfly-like charms. Chicago is the home of C... more »
You don't really need to know that there are 70 tracks (more than half "mouth sounds") on Dekkagar's delightful opener, "Making Love (In the Natural Light)," to appreciate its Superfly-like charms. Chicago is the home of Curtis Mayfield Drive after all, and these Renaissance men--producer-musicians Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone) and Neil Rosario (Dolemite)--have strayed so far from Chi-town's jagged indie-rock traditions that the only way in which they honor their pale, testosterone-addled forefathers is by creating their own trajectory (with Urge Overkill's cover of Hot Chocolate's "Emma" being the only viable reference point). It's a smooth line, inspired by strands of soul from years past: to these ears, the likes of the Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23" and, on "See No Evil," the melody of Stories' "Brother Louie." Breathy, sexy vocals, complemented by airy, moody arrangements, funky drumming, keyboards galore, and a nostalgic feel-good vibe render all the songs effortlessly memorable. So regardless of how much the National Trust are winking their way through this genre exercise, there's an irresistible sensuality in the Beach Boys-ish harmonies of "First Time That" and the Big Star-like, roots-rock feel on "So Anna." Each hyper-produced track will wash over you like sunshine and warm wind, making Dekkagar a sleek and shiny sleeper among the trainspotting indie-rock jet set. --Cyndi Elliott
Soulful pop; dark, moving, entertaining
Paul Yamada | Chicago, IL United States | 04/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD combines many aspects of 70's and 80's soul/R&B with aspects of late 60's and early 70's vocal oriented pop-rock that are not usually combined. The vocal arrangements are particularly stunning. One can only hope that Stevie Wonder picks up on this groove and sound, which is far more successful than the highly touted, Inspiration Information by Shuggie Otis, from 1974. Shuggie tried, and give him credit for that, but National Trust accomplishes what Otis and to some extent, Wonder, timidly start, but never arrive at with any sustained power or polish."