Chuck Prophet 'Age of Miracles'
Age of Miracles (NW 6062, 2004)
Chuck Prophet, notable to some as a Green on Red member (Fender Telecaster) in the 80's. In the 90's as a solo artist most of his records were fairly 'roots' orientated. However, since the beginning of this new century he has not been constricted to a single genre. Different sounds & styles sit side by side here & work well together. A random selection of tracks one may find blues, rock, funk, r&b, some electronica & even kind of hip-hop. And with the various musical directions there is a slightly uneasy sense (in a good way) as it tends to make one feel the music is not stayed (like in a static vacuum).
Lyrically this is quite smart, with tales of lovers, injustices etc which by the way can bring out a smile as it isn't all doom & gloom. If this guy would have some radio station airplay there are a number of tracks here that have the potential to become pop song hits. Don't let this put you off as I'm not talking about some schmaltz (spelling?) as the American's would say, but just some excellent songwriting.
I don't know that this release is as strong as his 2002 effort 'No Other Love' still there is enough 'good stuff' here for many listeners to take something away from the many finely crafted songs.
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