Child's View of) The Eisenhower Years|| |
Ear of the Night|| |
the Navigator|| |
of Shahs|| |
Loneliest Place on the Map|| |
at the Wheel|| |
William McKinley|| |
Review by Cort McMurray
lyrics, with few exceptions, are among the strongest of his career. Laurence Juber's
production is stellar throughout: the Purcell-like trumpet in "Lord Salisbury"
beautifully evokes the sea-girdled isolation of pre-Edwardian England; the guitar
lines in "Elvis At The Wheel" invest a song that could have easily become
a lampoon with the strange mix of piety and paranoia that was Elvis Presley.
are some mildly weak moments: (A Child's View Of) The Eisenhower Years" is
in some ways just an American reworking of "Post World War Two Blues",
with a melody borrowed from "Another Face In The Crowd", a song that's
been kicking around unrecorded since the "Time Passages" days. "Football
Hero" plays like it was written and performed by people who think sport is
very silly, indeed.
But the rest of the work -- the beautiful, jazzy intro
to "The Ear of the Night", filled with Juber's tasteful playing, the
lyrical brilliance of "Shah of Shahs" and "Lord Salisbury",
the infectious melody of "Hanno The Navigator" -- make this an album
to be treasured. "A Beach Full of Shells" was a masterwork, showing
Stewart at the height of his lyrical and musical powers. This record is a worthy
companion to its predecessor.