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Lou Black
City Of No Winters
Factor 21 Records

Take the songwriting prowess of Simple Minds, mix in some Latin language and rhythmic flavor, toss with the pop sensibilities of Roxy Music, and wrap it in a supremely well-produced tortilla of sound… what are you left with? The brilliant musical burrito called Lou Black. On City Of No Winter, the other Mr. Black creates a rich tapestry of pop music that slides in and out of heavier rock passages and into light Spanish sabor tracks. The album is chock full of beautiful songs that ease one into a state of blissful relaxation. A nice change from much of the agro stuff going on these days in popular music.

The hooks begin to flow from the opening drumbeat of "Searching For A Land Of Love", a mid-tempo track that serves as a great introduction to Lou Black. Breaking out his Tom Waits' style vocalization on "Dave Says", Black showcases not only his penchant for excellent storytelling lyric, but also his diverse range of vocal styles. "Oh Amor" is the first hit of Spanish language on the record, recalling more of the Bryan Ferry glory days in instrumentation and timbre of sound. The songs floats lightly along, tinged with bright acoustic guitars and accenting piano bits. And this is Spanish I can actually understand. I like that. "Patience Of Saints" is instantly familiar to the ear, and will leave you wondering where you've heard the track before. I think it is simply because it so readily recalls a particular Roxy Music track, but regardless, it's a beautiful song with delicate vocal harmonies and clean acoustic guitars.

Want some new pop music? Than this is the place to go. City Of No Winters is a joyous trip through a musical land full of intense beauty and varying landscapes. Black's vocals are brilliant and lend an even more intense depth to what is already a solid musical foundation.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Searching For A Land Of Love
2. Dave Says
3. Oh Amor
4. Patience Of Saints
5. Helping Hand
6. The City Of No Winters
7. Do you Ever Think About Me?
8. Ode To Backbay
9. I Go Insane
10. Whipper Snapper
11. The Doctor Won't Help Me
12. Every Night
Dave Says (unplugged)

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