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Philip Masorti - Father's Eyes

Father's Eyes

Philip Masorti

Apache Music - apc-fe-10008

Available from Philip Masorti's web site.

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

Philip Masorti writes all the twelve songs on this disc, on four of them he is a co-writer with Noah Wotherspoon (guitars and percussion) and Delmar Brown (piano, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, clapping and additional guitar), the later two are credited with writing the music on those four songs. To be real frank, I'm not sure what to make of this disc. The songs have good ideas behind them, yet somehow they don't seem to stick in the mind after they are over. Definitely the songs are much more effective and interesting when he has his band behind him, particularly Noah Wotherspoon on guitars, though the others all do quite a good job supporting them and making them sonically much more interesting. Masorti's vocals are definitely an acquired taste, as he has a rather flat and unexpressive voice that pretty much stays in the same place all the time and does little to expand the song in any way.

Now the guitar playing of Noah Wotherspoon is the high point of the disc and, though this is Philip's disc, it owes of the most sparkling moments to his guitar playing. He is at times quietly sensitive and at other times he steps up and the guitar comes to the forefront, though he never overpowers the song and takes it away from Philip.

Track List:

  • Father's Eyes
  • Ball & Chain
  • Mark Twain
  • Millionaire
  • Medicine Man
  • Lean on Me
  • Promises
  • Butcher's Bill
  • Tell Me
  • Marigold
  • Come Home
  • Willow

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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