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On disc: Michael Weston King



- Live... In Dinky Town - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- A Decent Man - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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A Decent Man

A Decent Man
(Floating World - 2003)


Celestial City is kicking off the new album A Decent Man of rock poet Michael Weston King. Starting with some trumpet played by Michael Cosgrave. On this song you hear Jackie Leven (g), Ian McNabb (12-string), Kevin Foster (bs), Steve Jackson (dr / perc.) beside Michael Weston King on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica. On the latest album of King he worked with some of the finest session musicians of the U.K.! Producer Jackie Leven also played on the album and did a great job, both playing and producing! Michael Weston King learnt through the years to combine his different influences and create his own sound. His songs rock, others are more pop or singer-songwriter style. Some have a touch of country, others are bluesy. Beside 9 of his own compositions he honored his idols and covered Love In Mind of Neil Young and Blue, Red And Grey of Pete Townsend. The British singer shows again his softer, more emotional side. This time songs are mainly slow and are perfect for small clubs and acoustic shows. Reduced to the essentials. The perfect soundscape for a sundown at the beach or a ride through the countryside. MWK is living his music, you can hear that he's heart & soul. Just great!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Live... In Dinky Town

Live... In Dinky Town
(Twah! Records - 2002)


During the past 3 years Michael Weston King played all over Europe and the USA. He shared the stage with big names like Nick Cave, Steve Earle and John Cale to name just a few. Partly this shows he played with his band The Good Sons who are more a country rock band, partly on his own as a singer / songwriter. With Live... In A Dinky Town he now presents his solo stuff, just his voice and his guitar, but you won't miss anything! Michael Weston King is a brilliant songwriter and so his compositions will move you. If you listen to the track Mathilda you will know what I'm talking about. It's like MWK let us take a look inside. The songs were recorded during the last 5 years on different small club shows and at radio stations. On Lay Me Down / Waiting Round To Die are show his origin there are small traces that he's from Britain and not one of the singer/songwriters of the USA which are more known usually. It's also nice to listen to Mr. King when he talks about the songs and what inspires him. Especially for Cosmic Firework which tries to tell about the sorrows and suffers of a person he met once.
The cover version of Ronnie Lane's Annie made it on the album and shows the influences. But there is more then just influences which makes his songs special. You have to experience life with his ups and downs to write this kind of songs. One of my faves on this album is Beautiful Lies, a beautiful ballad which touches your heart and soul.
If the King plays in your neighbourhood, don't miss him!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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