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Kaydi Johnson - Peasant of the Wreck

Peasant of the Wreck

Kaydi Johnson

Fifty Fifty Music - FFM 107

Available from Fifty Fifty Music.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This is an interesting disc because at times it seems to collide with itself and yet it isn't in a way that is jarring or disconcerting. It is an album that has to be listened to closely in order to pick up the subtle and often witty or at time ominous word play Johnson employs to drive her points home. Some of the songs/stories are depict quite disturbing incidents that show the seamier side of American society; the bewildering, often perplexing behavior or lack there of that is often swept under rugs and not acknowledged as happening. This in a voice that holds your attention to it and to the stories it is slowly unveiling, pieces at a time, each move radically shifting the subject of the picture so that it is as if, during the removal of the blindfold, it isn't until it is completely removed that you get the full picture. Sometimes what started out as an idyllic picture turns into a horror movie or vice versa.

Ms Johnson wrote all twelve of the songs except for Bed, which she wrote the words and Jeremy Swarsky did the music, he also plays all the instruments on this track. She has solid support from the backing musicians and there is some excellent and tasteful playing behind her. She co-produced this, her third disc, with David Seitz.

Track List:

  • Peasant of the Wreck
  • Bonsai
  • Bed
  • Dashboard Jesus
  • Mary
  • Lady Going Down
  • Small God
  • 2023
  • Cry
  • Injured Angel
  • Drunken Houdini
  • Summer Place

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

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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