The new Chuck Prophet album rules. If you've never heard of Prophet, let me explain why you should, and why you should get his new album, No Other Love.
Anyone with a rock and roll sensibility, with a penchant for say,Tom Petty, and a taste for independent, slightly different music, will enjoy this record. The musical influences and styles are varied and wide, but, thanks to Prophet's deep musical experience, the record has a delightful and cohesive Prophet sound throughout.
Prophet's deep and wide musical tastes, his production prowess, and his smart ass irony permeate the new record. A good example of this is, Elouise. This raucous number takes the listener out to California's Central Valley, and you can feel Prophet's smirk when he sings, "Got a condo in Modesto with a heated swimming pool, Talking condo in Modesto with a heated swimming pool." Think CAKE - only more clever, more fun and with a a more far-out, funkier delivery.
Prophet shines with emotion and sincerity on tunes like After
the Rain,and the title track, No Other Love. The latter
is a simple, lovely ballad that showcases Prophet's genuine, rich
voice, as well as a lovely string arrangement that includes acoustic
guitars, violins(!) and upright bass. Masterful.
fav off the record: I Bow Down to Every Woman I See.
Go get this album and slip it on to your suburban stereo, or your summertime beach house, or wherever you are. You'll dig it.
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