David Johnston : Carnival Of The Soul

CD [Cover Art for David Johnston / Carnival Of The Soul] Your Price: $29.05
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Sell date: 11/2011
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637866
CDC Part#: 1848867
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 Notes & Reviews
Folk THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE Boston Articles January 14, 2012|By Steve Morse David Johnston is known for his down-and-dirty, electric blues-rock, but this new album - his first in nearly a decade - is a surprise. The longtime veteran of the local scene put together an acoustic trio with himself on guitar, backed by Peter Wolf bandmember Marty Ballou on standup bass, and John Sands (who tours with Aimee Mann) on a simple drum kit. The results are shocking at first - his usual electric guitarist, Chris Rival, produced the record - then grow on you dramatically. Johnston's raw emotions and affectingly quirky phrasings have never been better showcased. He has an intimate way of addressing love's rights and wrongs, from the the blunt ballad 'Smell the Coffee'' to the seductive sway of 'Casting Pearls.'' The sonics have a wide range, from gutbucket blues to the recitative, Leonard Cohen-style 'Dark Was the Night,'' the Paul Simon-ish Afro-pop of 'Lada,'' and the gospel stride of the traditional, 'There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory.'' It's the only non-original, but sweeps the album to an upbeat end. (Out now)

I Can't Be Satisfied
She Looks Like a Christmas Tree
Smell the Coffee
Casting Pearls
Howling at the Moon
I Don't Wanna Know
Dark Was the Night
On the Bright Side
Lost in the Wood
But a Dream
There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory (Traditional)