Finally a New CD!
John | Canada | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After years of recording a number of albums on an obscure German label not distributed in North America, Kevin Coyne finally releases a new collection of songs on a new, more widely distrubuted label. It's about bloody time! I was unsure whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, but this stuff is so far beyond most pap recorded nowadays, I went with the latter. Kevin states that this CD was like a return to roots for him, and it really does seem like a blast from the past (it sounds alot like the songs on the Peel Sessions CD). About 1/3 of the songs are recorded with a 'rock' band including his sons, and they - to me - are often the strongest of the bunch. Another 1/3 or more are solo acoustic, and these are almost uniformly excellent too. The final third or so are acoustic with either a discordant sax or flute wailing behind Kevin: these don't always work, although 'Porcupine People' and 'Lancashire Song' are stand-outs. Kevin Coyne does it again here: he provides excellent lyrics and melodies, a very idiosyncratic guitar style, and a voice that - like Van Morrison's - has become more emotive and powerful with age. This really is a strong CD, with some patented Coyne touches and more than an occasional hint of discordance which forces you to listen carefully. This is intellegent folk/rock (for lack of a better term) music made for - if I may be so bold - a discerning audience, which is probably why he is almost unknown in North America. Like, for example, Graham Parker or Roy Harper, it's a crime this singer/songwriter isn't better known and appreciated. If you are familiar with his work, definitely buy this record; if you aren't, take a chance, I think you'll like it!"
SUGAR CANDY TAXI MAN DIED
HOTEMETOOT | HOLLAND | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"KEVIN DIED LAST DECEMBER 2004, SO THIS WAS ONE OF HIS LAST CD'S.
i WISH YOU COULD BUY BABBLE WITH DAGMAR KRAUSE BECAUSE FOR ME IT'S HIS BEST ALBUM EVER, BUT IT'S NO MORE FOR SALE.
sO THE SHOW IS OVER AND WE HAVE TO DO WITH HIS BIG LEGACY OF OVER 35 CD'S.
I DRINK TO YOU KEVIN COYNE, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ONES, WE WILL MISS YOU."