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Friday 17 November 2023

KC Bowman - Crushes Of Context


There was a time in the 90s when my musical world was awash with quality Singer Songwriters wo turned lyrical adeptness and worthy subject matter into mini masterpieces. Even love songs were putty in their hands. I'm thinking go the likes of Jason Falkner and Michael Penn.

They didn't need bells and whistles, just pure talent. These were different times, albums sold and musicians had careers. Nowadays, you don't see exposure of too may similar characters, so we should be thankful that the likes of KC Bowman are still around. 

Crushes Of Context is an ace album. Songs with a message and performed with grace. No embellishments, just great playing and performance. Songs with depth that fit in different genres that make you sit and listen and admire.

Everything's Fluid sounds very 60s, but also can be compared to modern day Americana. Good Behaviour has gentle acoustic Jangle, Gimme The Concentrate is Funky, a little 80s and yet The Last Days Of Gloria Trillo instrumentally is more than a little 12 Bar. 

Irregular Cool Kids is pure Andrew Gold and Talus Monkey could be Gilbert O'Sullivan backed by Elephant Talk era King Crimson. Armed To The Pepsodent Teeth is a wonderfully venomous political affair which this time could have Petty's Heartbreakers as backing band sound wise. 

Cold Wartime Economy is one of the simpler songs, but also one of the most effective. It has a Country Rock vibe and compare that to Elves which is just splendidly gobsmackingly weird and thankfully not a Christmas song. You will love the songs here, but my top tip is to also listen to the lyrics.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


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