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Michelangelo - Future Perfect

Future Perfect


Two Shes Productions TSPCD 6137-4

Available from Michelangelo's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

All 11 songs on Future Perfect are written by Michelangelo, he plays the keyboard, piano and does all the lead vocals, and is a co-producer along with Tony Woodroffe, Blake Althen, Paula Bellenoit, and Arham Lee. This is a disc that owes a great deal to the production work of George Martin when he was working with the Beatles, as well as to the Beatles themselves for the craftsmanship involved on this disc. There is some of the big full sound that is maybe Queen at its best. However, the feel with the complexity of the songs, and the layering of the sound brings to mind the Beatles on The White Album, more than anything else. Though derivative and a great deal is owed to them it doesn't feel like there is an attempt to copy what they did so long ago. Think too that, with the lengthy passage of time, and the success the Beatles had, there were so many imitators all of whom were discarded, here is a person who risks it all with this disc.

The band he is playing with here is very tight and stays with him very well. A special note of the delicate, yet powerful, touch of George Farmer on bass. He never overpowers with the bass line; it shines without becoming dominant or throbbing, a very delicate line and he holds it well. The music is well written and the words have an interesting story to them. It is the production work here that really shines. This is a disc that definitely is worthy of repeated listening.

Track List:

  • Reach
  • Poison
  • Breathe
  • Never Let You Know
  • Look
  • Crazy Girl
  • Linger
  • Grace
  • Miles Away
  • Powergame
  • Stars

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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