"It is a masterpiece - quirky, wise, moving, very funny and
(Robert Chalmers/Sunday Independent). 2004. CD 14,99 EUR. Nr. 27268.
This is Kevin Coyne's 41st album...
Every Coyne fan will be delighted by this new opus: it just
sumsup every of the man talents.Donut City may also be the ideal way to discover
Kevin's music. 60 years old and with a lung problem (but a voice still powerful),
Coyne is at the peak of his art, still taking chances, still, as he likes
to put it, working "on the edge". With a fine production from drummer Steinhauser
and Coyne himself, Andreas BlŸml on guitar and Harry Hirschmann on bass, with
a little help from Robert Coyne on keyboards and Michael Lipton on guitar,
do a great job to serve Coyne's imposing personality. It's all here: acoustic
blues-rockers featuring Coyne's rudimentary guitar playing; the popish "No
More Rain", reminding of the old "Marlene"; "Come Back Home", a brutal descent
into madness with Coyne banging on a distorted piano while chanting a psycho-godspel
prayer; not forgetting "Big Fat Bird", with his signature ad-lieb spoken backing
vocals (old fans will recall "Mona Where's Me Trousers"); "Smile Right Back
", a wonderful acoustic ballad that could have been included in the 1978 "Beautiful
Extremes" LP; "Crocodile", a frightening song about his illness. Coyne wrote
most of the songs on the piano; he plays piano in a bizarre way. He has often
been compared to Beefheart and yes, one could say he plays the piano like
the Captain' was playing the sax...
Back in the 70s, Kevin often sang: "I'm still here!". He is. Better than ever.
The CD - out on Turpentine Records, Coyne's new own label -can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal REGIS (published in Moderndance and in French on froggydelight.com)