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David Munyon...anybody heard of him? I assume if you're living in the US your chances are fairly slim, even in Germany, where with these two new ones he has released at least 7 albums. (Lets say I do have those seven and I guess that makes me a David Munyon fan.) He does not seem to be very popular...we'll get to that later...
The first time I heard his music was at a record store in Berlin, Germany. His CD Code Name: Jumper was played over the public sound system. While I was browsing this voice kept demanding my attention and I found myself more listening to the lyrics and not browsing anymore. To make a long story short I bought that album and listened to it at home over and over. Jumper was his most fully produced album, the other ones have been more sparse, acoustic and "live".
These two "new" albums which all contain thus far unreleased material from 1996 and 1997 have an even more "low key feel" to them and would make a perfect background would it not be for the lyrics.
But anybody who likes Leonard Cohen should love David Munyon, with his low and somewhat raspy voice. It doesn't really matter what he sings as long as he sings. In the arrangement of the songs his voice takes the front seat. And of course he has something to say in his songs, all of them very personal and certainly not written with commercial success in mind. Even though I love his singing, for my personal taste his topics weigh a little heavy on soldier (Vietnam Vets) and religious themes, though on latter he has a panreligious worldview, which includes everyone from Allah to Buddha, Jesus and Krishna, the whole gang. As a pantheist I tolerate this, but I would prefer less songs that appear somewhat "preachy" to me. Other topics he sings about include burned out musicians, travelling people of various kind and old and passed love...all seem to be drawn from personal experience. Don't look for any happy songs, it's mostly hard travelling.
The musical arrangement is continuous throughout, David accompanying himself on guitar, added are bass, sometimes another guitar, here and there an accordion and for extra measure something exotic like didgeridoo or sitar.
While these albums might not be first choice for people new to David's music, they are a good addition in the collection to round out the picture.
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