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Hardy, Marina: Pink Violin

Not sure what to make of this bizarro, convoluted critter. Pink Violin is an all instrumental collision of styles & sounds from Marina Hardy, who plays all the instruments herself,including guitars, accordion, keyboards, horns, woodwinds, percussion, violin & various other strings. One minute you are travelling into deep dark space ala-early 70's Tangerine Dream, the next minute you are hearing a wild distorted guitar solo, the next some demented polka jig, the next a soul-searching jazz journey, and even some funk, blues, gypsy jazz, and avant-garde thrown in for good measure. It's very obvious that Hardy is a well schooled and talented musician, but her reluctance to stick to one style here ultimately hurts Pink Violin. Much of the album becomes a roller coaster ride for the listener, as just when you settle into one groove Marina takes you in a totally new direction. Many will find the avant-garde pieces here either too jarring or too minimalistic, yet there's a good bet the more jazz-flavored numbers will be well received. Let's see if next time around this multi-instrumentalist can stay a bit more focused and deliver something that has a little wider appeal.

Track Listing

  1. Mkay
  2. Cowgypsy
  3. Zoom
  4. Apple Sauce Pudding
  5. Funk
  6. Trummpet
  7. Spanish
  8. Red Teeth
  9. Yip Yip
  10. Yowsa
  11. Ceisel
  12. Nnow
  13. It Ain't Necessarily So
  14. Dollering

Added: December 17th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Public Eyesore Records
Hits: 3204
Language: english

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