Hmmmmm, a punkered shocking-red haired girl playing a blue violin amid humorous and sometimes smart-ass music??? Have to admit I was intrigued just at the prospect, and Deni Bonet's It's All Good turns out to be where the B-52s and Cindy Lauper get together with the Bangles and It's a Beautiful Day to open up for a Weird Al concert. Hell, never heard that before! And she really knows how to twangle that fiddle besides, which has prompted The Tubes, Fairport Convention, The Gin Blossoms, Midnight Oil, Cracker, and an impressive list of others to recruit her.
It's a trifle odd, though, that Richard Barone was hired to do the production work, which isn't terribly sympathetic to the oeuvre or its landscaping. Nonetheless, Fred Schneider, Terri Roche, Peter Buck, and others joined in for the goings-on, and, given the potential of everything here, the attraction is easy to see though the result is far from what it should be. The materials are quite good on their face, but the arrangements are direly wanting, and the recording less than adequate…nor is the mix of stylistic advantages well placed. Bonet's a really good string rasper but that's scamped too much, and her voice could use a bit more coaching…though the real problem may well be that she's having a difficult time with the charts. Hard to tell if this release is premature or just badly entablatured, though I'm pretty sure it's the latter; there's too much talent present to indicate the former. Still, better luck next time out (pick a better producer, for one).
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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