Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Samamidon "All Is Well" (2007)

Like a fractured fairy tale, All Is Well is a modern deconstruction of traditional song.  Musically it changes between Sufjan Stevens styled indie orchestration & Bill Frisell's modal reworkings of the American songbook.

This is an intriguing piece for me.  I can't say that I prefer any of the songs to more traditional takes on the material.  Amidon's voice is weak, & seems to alternate between flat & sung over his comfortable range.  The arrangements are not particularly moving, leading to an overall flat effect upon listening.  It seems more of an art project than any participation in the tradition.  And yet I still find this record fascinating.

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