Saturday, 20 February 2010
Sweet Solo Music
What to do when your drummer has left the country and your bass player is without a job, but has a recording studio and plenty of time, and you have been writing once again a bunch of songs. Well of course you should go and record them, and that´s just what Henri Keefmen did. Using here the less pretentious monnicker of Henri Soulmann. The result is 11 songs, that pretty much show his songwriting skills and the music he likes, like sixties, soul and rock´n´roll.
For those who are familiar with the classic solo recording of Mark ten Hoor "Back to the Wenaker", this is done in similar vein. Peter Cruise (As he now seems to be called) again has out done himself in "orchestrating" the great songs, adding an organ, a bit of fuzz or some basslines. Listen for instance to the fuzz driven "Butterflies", perhaps this is freakbeat??? I have no idea. Or the moody "I truly cry" and "About our love" with a fine organ arrangement and the fanatastic and probably my favorite "Have you seen her".
Fortunately it´s not done all over the top, there are some more acoustic tunes here as well, like the intense "Don´t aks me", the sad "Freezing on a Summerday", the uptempo shouter "All your love", and the catchy "Be that guy", the last two were actually recorded by Henri himself. As expected there´s some place for straight ahead rock´n´roll, and Henri sure loves his Johnny Cash records as is quite evident in the Johnny Cash styled rocker "Doin´ time". And also Hasil Adkins springs to mind hearing "Oeh Ie Ah Oehhh!" Perhaps only not as insane. As a nice surprise he included a version of soul classic "I never loved a woman (the way I loved you) penned by Ronnie Shannon, recorded by many like Jackie Wilson and Aretha Franklin and now Henri Soulmann. His version: it´s crude, raw, wild and great!!!
Be sure to drop by Henri Soulmann´s myspace, and get yourselve a copy. It will be definetely worth the effort.