|Guy Manning - The Cure|
wasn't quite sure what I was going to say about Guy Manning's latest, The
Cure. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I honestly can't tell you
what I was expecting. Something a little off kilter, perhaps. RIO maybe,
or at least avant-garde. I like what I hear, however. But, I still didn't
know what I was going to say -- until this word popped into my mind:
Haunting. Haunting in that Manning's vocal melodies hang there in the air,
stick in your mind, and draw you in for further examination. You get this
strange sense that you know exactly what he's singing about even if you're
not quite sure you know exactly. The emotional beats are places you've
been before - moods you've felt, thoughts you've had.
there are hints at Genesis, Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan but nothing so
very concrete as all that. It's a keyboard phrase here, and bit of
atmosphere there, a particular rhythm...maybe it's the horn - in this
case, sax - maybe it's the Hammond, the guitar...maybe it's everything and
nothing at all.
album is broken into three conceptual sections: Syndrome, Therapy,
Prognosis. Underlying the concept is the extreme sensory deprivation -
what journeys will the mind take if it is deprived of any outside stimuli?
In some ways, that's a very frightening thought - what if you never come
back? What if you never want to come back? It's been a long while since I
saw Altered States, the William Hurt film of about 20 years ago,
that film played with this same idea.
the pure musical level, if you like any of the artists named above (though
the percentage of Steely Dan in here is minute), you will like this. It's
accessible on the surface, but once enthralled it is that much deeper.
But, I recommend this album anyway, as Manning has created not just a
album of music, but an experience.
By the way, It was pointed out to me that it wasn't clear from what I did say as to whether I liked the album or not - the answer is YES, I do, quite a bit!
about The Cure:
Listing: [Syndrome] Domicile (10:18) / [Therapy] Real Life (3:59) / A
Strange Place (6:48) / Whispers On The Wire (7:33) / Songs Of Faith
(11:44) / Falling (6:38) / [Prognosis] The Cure (17:34) Total
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