Maintaining Dignity in Awkward Situations – The Penny Black Remedy (Album Review)

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Dave Franklin
Writer, musician, promoter, barfly, oxymoron, a fugitive from the law of averages, zenarchist and quantum spanner. People have woken up to a lot worse! https://dancingaboutarchitecture.info

Maintaining Dignity in Awkward Situations oozes with nostalgic sounds but brilliantly side steps any pastiche or plagiarism, instead offering slightly off-kilter takes on music which you are pretty sure you have heard before but can’t quite place. Signs of Weakness is a rockabilly romp interspersed with Balkan violins, You Should Have Left Your Money at Home is a musical theatre sing-a-long rendered into baroque pop and It’s Dark Outside is country duet…I’m just not sure which country!

In short it is music made with no limits, geographically or generically and exists in the present only because it has one foot in the past and the other in the future. Maybe if we spent less time trying to decide what music should be and how it is made and just let it all naturally fuse together ignoring rules and tradition, fashion and fad we would end up with more albums like this. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

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Dave Franklin

Dave Franklin

Writer, musician, promoter, barfly, oxymoron, a fugitive from the law of averages, zenarchist and quantum spanner. People have woken up to a lot worse! https://dancingaboutarchitecture.info

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