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Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section
features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.
I wanted to let you know a little
about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that we review know how we
think of their music and how we listened to their creations.
First of all, we strongly believe that if your music stinks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good. If your material is good, we'll be glad to
tell the world. I We will hold nothing back! That is a promise.
The EvO:R CD Review Team
Reviewed by: Joel Pirard
Song Samples from the CD
Their DEBUT, called INDEPENDENCE, is a unique collection of songs that tell stories evoking a variety of social
commentary, focusing on things such as domestic abuse, homelessness, the Iraq war, just to name a few. A standout
track called ABATINA deals with a young womanís tragic situation, where she is trapped in an abusive marriage.
Most of the songs feature a blend of reggae bass lines with lots of syncopations, complemented by violins and
flute melodies, and a variety of world percussion.
AT THE EDGE OF THE CITY is a track that has some haunting lyrics, I interpreted it as the writer, ( GONSALVES)
finding beauty in the unlikely sight of the sun reflecting in the daytime and neon lights at night, on the seedy
surfaces of the rundown tenements. This is my impression. The point is that all the lyrics are very detailed and
give rise to imagery that is hard to shake.
This is a very stylized, lyrical work of poetry and music that has received notable and well deserved acclaim.
The production is excellent, the music is infectious.
I am not a great fan of reggae type stuff, generally, but often find myself drawn into it despite that.
This album did the same for me. It will likely do the same for you. I certainly would rank this CD 7 out
of 10, as my personal impression. However, I believe fans of this type of music will give it at least a 9, if not a 10.
All song samples are from Kobo Town - Independence page on CD Baby.
Sing Out, Shout Out
At the Edge of the City
Blood and Fire
Across the Dark Waters
Higher Than Mercy
INDEPENDENCE was produced and released in November 2006. Co-produced by Lyndon Livingstone and Drew Gonsalves.,
the album was named by Blogcritics as the best International album of 2006.
CANADAís CBC Radio One's "Fresh Air" and "Big City Small World" radio shows also chose the record among their
Top 10 lists for 2006.
Joel Pirard ...EvO:R Reviewer.
They are a working band, constantly touring and performing.
Find out more about KOBO TOWN at www.kobotown.com.
Joel Pirard- has been playing, writing, and recording original rock music for years, as a guitarist, bassist and keyboardist. Pop-rock and Progressive rock explorations, are a big part of Joelís resume. Currently playing and writing in THE JDA PROJECT, and most recently, JESTERíS PROMENADE, Joel finds himself having the best of times working with musicians he has had a long association with. THE JDA PROJECT features Don Pitz whom Joel met in 1981 and in 1985, Arno Tietje.
Joel Pirard- staff reviewer
JESTERíS PROMENADE features Joel, with ex-ORION and ex-AVALON USA bandmates John Curtin, and CJ Truitt, and ex-AVALON USA drummer and lyricist Bruce Henninger. Joel balances musical time with a rich family life, in New York State , with his wife Alexandra, and their 3 children.
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