Doubt — Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love
(Moonjune MJR049, 2012, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-08-28
This is a band I have occasional (ahem) doubts about. Their use of sequencing borders on mechanical-sounding at times, but then the sheer quality of the music becomes apparent, and my reservations dissipate. According to the credits, this album was recorded live in the studio, mitigating the sequencing with plenty of real live human playing and interaction. And while I occasionally miss the presence of a bass instrument other than keyboards, these tunes just carry me along. Most of the other projects I've heard keyboardist Alex Maguire involved in have been rather different from this, but with his expanded role he really shines. There are some great moments for him, including a killer update of the classic Canterbury fuzz-organ sound. Guitarist Michel Delville gets a large share of the melodies that provide the music's appeal, as well as some great riffs. I defy you to hear "No More Quarrel with the Devil" and not react in some way with the rhythm. Drummer Tony Bianco does a lot to humanize the programmed parts, with a jazzy rhythmic feel and maybe a little bit of freedom to offset the fact that he doesn't have a bass player to lock in with. They balance space with density and order with chaos nicely, and their cover of "Purple Haze" works admirably. Definitely another winner from this crew.
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more