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Keneally, Mike: Wooden Smoke

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally's latest solo album is a mostly acoustic album, and a gorgeous one at that. While many of his previous releases were zany, chops filled excursions into superb Zappa-ish territory, Wooden Smoke is a deeply personal and warm sounding recording. Filled with lush piano, acoustic guitars, and occasional electric guitar and synthesizers, Mike has put together an album that gives off a similar feeling to some of Todd Rundgren's more introspective works.

The story behind the CD is described as "...a voyage taken by a guy called Enggp Pah, and things he sees and the way he changes after he sees them." It's not really a detrement if after listening to Wooden Smoke a few times that the storyline fails to sink in. The melodies on a song like "2001" are just lovely, complemented by piano, guitar and drums. "Nanny -Ass Crow" starts off with some neat Gentle Giant sounding keyboard and vocal lines, while "New England" features some great acoustic strumming. Fans of Keneally's superior guitar skills need look no further than the breathtaking acoustic romp of "Dee 'n' A", or his bubbling electric solo on the uplifting "Father's Day." The best is saved for last, on the simply stunning "Thanksgiving", which is one of the most emotional acoustic guitar pieces that you will hear all year.

Mike Keneally has created the perfect listening experience for a chilly Fall or Winter day, so pour that cup of herbal tea, put on the headphones, and curl up on the couch and be ready to take a beautiful journey courtesy of one of the most imaginative musicians on the scene today.

Added: November 29th 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Mike Keneally Website
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Language: english

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