Review by Alphonse Leong
This solo effort by Kashtin's Claude McKenzie reminds
me a lot of...well, Kashtin. The Buddhist chant-like vocals are
there, and so are the understated rhythms and fluid Innu phrasing.
Not speaking the language, I don't have a complete response to
the songs, but the melodies are pleasant enough and the production
by Guy Trepanier is tight, while still allowing an earthy quality
to emerge. Down to earth and pleasant are the key ideas here (in
the liner notes, McKenzie even politely encourages us to "just
press FF" if you don't like a song!). Tunes range from moody
mythology ("Ueshkett") to open desire ("Shash").
If you're into Kashtin, chances are you'll like this
stuff, too. For me, this disc is like Italian opera; I appreciate
the genuine musicality and the beauty of the language, but I'm
just not totally swept away.
Artist Contact Info: Musicor, 1400 Pomba, Ville St-Laurent, PQ, Canada, H4R 2A1
First published in Drop-D Magazine on March 15, 1997
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