The Songs of Maura Kennedy & B.D. Love (Varese Sarabande, 2015)
Reviewed by Larry Stephens
When we fist met
he rode a bike;
The other guys,
they all had cars
He seemed so cute,
so not like them
I climbed the handlebars.
"Bicycles With Broken Spokes"
Some numbers, like "Bicycles," have a beat that has some rock licks while others, such as the title song, may remind you of New Age music. "Beneath the Mistletoe" takes another route. It's a flowing melody, could be a Bing Crosby Christmas song and features a nice instrumental break. Then she takes you to a bit of Santana's "Black Magic Woman" with "She Worked Her Magic On Me." "Be The One" has that same feel. If the entire CD was tracks like these you'd probably just glue it in your CD player. It's not that the other tracks are bad, they just take you to new areas. "Mockingbird" is close to a polka, perhaps a Cajun song complete with an accordion and "Coyotes" has an infectious bass beat and melody with a story that will catch your attention.
There are tracks that will immediately grab your attention but, overall, the CD takes you places you likely haven't been. Call it a different, it's an interesting listen.
CDs by Maura Kennedy
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