Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review -- B.D. GOTTFRIED -- The Element Of Left

THE ELEMENT OF LEFT
B.D. Gottfried
Independent
9-out-of-10
All right everyone hang on for something just a little different, but different in a good way.
B.D. Gottfried comes at us with a new CD which is musically lush, with a bold full sound. He also mixes in a range of elements musically, from near orchestral, to full-blown electronica, creating an ever-changing panorama in terms of the sound. Just when you think you have it figured out, another curve gets thrown. The result is a CD which demands attention. It is intrinsically interesting because of the way the music twists and turns through 10 creatively unique musical pieces.
Laid over the music are vocal stylings reminiscent of British artists of the 1980s – think David Bowie as an example.
Of course we shouldn't expect less from Gottfried, a veteran of several CDs. That experience shows here. This is a well-polished effort. It is smoothly played, while still offering its uniqueness.
Loose Screws is among the best here. A truly fantastic effort.
Transmission Fading is another cut that stands out.
That said Gottfried really fires on all cylinders here. There isn't a bad cut among the 10.
This is music which makes the listener listen, and that's a good thing when the music is as interesting as B.D. Gottfried offers up.
Overall this Ontario band, with Aaron Gottfried offering up the vocals, is just plain good. Jack Smith is on hand with additional vocals work, while Bill Gottfried and George Chaggares round out the band.
Find this CD, buy it.
Check it out at www.bdgottfried.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 15, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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