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Riggley Road Stories
Genres: Folk, New Age, Pop
What began as a lone lyric on the studio floor has, with time, become an epic tale of life, death, sin, and redemption. When songwriter Rees Shad concluded sessions for his 1996 debut, Anderson, Ohio, he was left with a so... more »
What began as a lone lyric on the studio floor has, with time, become an epic tale of life, death, sin, and redemption. When songwriter Rees Shad concluded sessions for his 1996 debut, Anderson, Ohio, he was left with a song, "Incident on Riggley Road," that didn't make the final cut. But the track stayed with him, growing from a singular entity into Shad's second offering, The Riggley Road Stories, a folky, rolling song cycle that etches itself into your consciousness with its simple, honest, sometimes harsh descriptions of four lives destroyed by a tragic childhood accident. The disc comes accompanied by a novella of sorts, vignettes inspired by the original song became inspiration for the new material. Taken singularly, both pieces are worth attention, especially for those enthralled by traditional American folk tales and music. Considered together, they become a bittersweet modern classic, combining to fully realize a haunting vision. --Alexandra Russell
American music just doesn't get any better than this!
Thomas Unangst | Liverpool, NY USA | 09/15/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second CD released by Rees Shad under the Sweetfish Records label. The music is based on a short story revolving around the lives of three boys who are envolved in the accidental killing of a friend.The short story is actually packaged with the CD, and the art work is superb. The music is folk based with some addicting hooks that you just can't get out of your head. I listened to the complete CD 2 or 3 times before reading the prose; and this sequence worked for me.Every song on this CD stands on its own merit, but when the whole CD is taken in context it is just one awesome piece of work. The recording on this CD is superb with just the right mix of vocals, instruments, and animal life!Upstate New York has produced a winner, and I would highly recommend "The Riggley Road Stories" to anyone who enjoys folk rock music."
An amazing CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Riggley Road Stories CD is by far one of the most inovative CD's I have ever experienced. The music is a cross between country-folk-blues that tells a story that not only captures your imagination, but takes you away. I've bought this album for a number of people and they all have said that it's one of the best albums they own. And do yourself a favor, there's a wonderful Easter Egg in this album, drop it into you CDRom player on your computer, you'll be surprised!"