Thursday, January 15, 2009
Micheal Franks- Objects Of Desire
First off, it has to be said that you either love, hate, admire or maybe ponder over Michael Franks' voice. What is less debatable is the quality of the music and the rich lyrics to be found on pretty much all his work. Objects of Desire like other Franks albums utilises 'A' list session bands and some varied flavours. There are some great syncopated grooves with mega-tight drumming by Andy Newmark Harvey Mason and others playing off sensitive bass playing from Francisco Centeno, Mark Egan and others. The guitar work from Niki Moroch and Larry Carlron (No Deposit Love has Carlton at his Steely Dan best) is particularly tasteful. If you like Dragonfly Summer/Blue Pacific this one is for you. If you haven't heard Franks before, give it a chance and try not to immediately dismiss his soft voice and let the whole thing blend into your senses.
I've seen other reviewers compare this album to disco music (referring to it's timing being the end of the disco period). I'm not sure what they have blocking their ears. Yes it is syncopated, yes it has slap bass, yes it has a lot of backbeat, but it it not monotonous and the fills and layering are complex and varied. You have to listen below the polished veneer, believe me it is all there.
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