Terry Kitchen - Blues for Cain & Abel

Blues for Cain & Abel

Terry Kitchen

Urban Campfire 1006

Urban Campfire
P.O. Box 440171
West Somerville, MA 02144
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Matthew S. Robinson

Taking the original sibling rivalry as a jumping-off point, Terry Kitchen uses his fifth album to consider great conflicts throughout the ages. From the personal difficulties of facing addiction (Come Back To Me) and solitude (The Year of Living Lonely) to the more communal trials of religious persecution (Martin Luther) and acts of God (Heimaey), Kitchen deals delicately yet honestly with delicate and honest issues anyone might have to grapple with. Bridging the gap between musical storyteller and poetic musician, Kitchen combines familiar snatches with original ideas in provocative and clever ways. Bethlehem uses a timeless Christmas theme as the coda-suggested underscore for some very timely family reminiscences. You Always Got There First layers stories of peer pressure and faster living over a melody taken from Angel of the Morning. Most notable, however, is Kitchen's impressivley original take on the Lennon-McCartney "prayer" Let It Be. Though he may reach a bit too far for some ideas, lyrics and notes, Kitchen's capable support team (which includes Phyllis Capana's Catie Curtis-esque vocals along with mandolinist Eric Gerber, bass man Seth Connelly, key woman Alizon Lissance and penny whistler Billy Novick) keep him in a strong melodic line for the most part. Putting across a hard look at the world through his gentle, open voice and well-arranged instrumentation, Kitchen makes introspection palatable and change possible.

Track List:

  • Atlas 4:35
  • Come Back to Me 4:00
  • Noah & the Selfish Son 4:11
  • Bethlehem 4:06
  • Blues for Cain & Abel 4:26
  • The Year of Living Lonely 4:00
  • Martin Luther 3:14
  • A Perfect Rose 3:58
  • You Always Got There First 5:04
  • Heimaey 3:59
  • Good Friday 3:15
  • The Quiet Earth 4:04
  • Let It Be 4:52 (Hidden)

All songs by Terry Kitchen, urban campfire music, BMI except 13. by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Sony/ATV Songs LLC (MacLen Special Catalog), BMI.

Edited by: David N. Pyles (dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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