THE WARDEN’S PICNIC
The Warden’s Picnic is the latest release from B.D. Gottfried, now a seasoned veteran of the recording studio, it being his fifth disk, and a follow-up to the 2008 release The Element of Left. The Element was given a 9-out-of-10 here in April 2009.
The newest effort might be a touch off the lofty brilliance of the earlier effort, but only marginally so. It may also be a case where I now have a higher vision of the artist he has to live up to.
Gottfried has also proven a prolific music maker, his first solo effort Disrythmia having released as recently as 2004.
The strength of Gottfried’s music is the lyrics. They’re written with a straight ahead, in-your-face, sensibility. They are also written in a heavier vein. Gottfried may like butterflies, but he realizes they often ended up splattered on a car windshield, and he’s not afraid to tell that tale.
The result is a rather deep and dark album with wonderful songs such as Madeleine. While I might rate this song the best, by the thinnest of record grooves, (for those of us who remember records), it really is one of 10-strong efforts.
Gottfried delivers his lyrics with clear, vibrant vocals. He clearly has written words he wants listeners to hear and he makes sure he delivers them that way.
I have grown to appreciate Gottfried’s music which in approach at least reminds of Meatloaf, a huge favourite of mine.
Mark this one a winner and must have.
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 28, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada