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Ed Kuepper - The King in the Kindness Room (2004) Retail CD
Alternative Pop/ Rock
By the mid-'90s, the cult of Ed Kuepper was starting to spread a little more strongly around the world — constant name-checking among rabid fans in the U.K. press hadn't hurt, while distribution deals started surfacing for the States and elsewhere. But to Kuepper's credit, he just kept on keeping on, working with a variety of performers on his main 1995 solo album, A King in the Kindness Room. That Kuepper, well known for his solid choice of cover versions — Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" gets an inventive, sometimes rough take elsewhere that beats out the original — would tacklemore… AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" might have seemed quixotic, but, in fact, he does an honestly intriguing take on it, turning it into a low-key dancebeat-meets-flanged violin-meets-husked vocals blend. As for the originals, Kuepper's eye for a great song title doesn't fail him — how could it with names like "Confessions of a Window Cleaner" (the snaky, slow crawl of which makes for a grand album-starter) and the instrumental freakout — with great saxophone by Louise Elliott — "They Call Me Mr. Sexy (Love Theme From CCR Versus the Third Reich)"? Then there's "Messin Pt. II," a semi-sequel to the Saints' "Messin' With the Kid" that starts with just Kuepper and acoustic guitar and turns into a rising, string-touched epic that's still warm at its heart, especially thanks to his heart-tugging voice. Kuepper's all-around abilities — he plays all the guitars and most of the bass — readily come to the fore, with his own particular combination of psychedelic murk and straightforward playing in evidence throughout. It resists all trends, and all for the better at that. The most representative track? In its own perverse way, the energetic slice of psych-funk that sounds peppy enough but is titled, but of course, "Pissed Off."
|1||Confessions Of A Window Cleaner|
|3||Highway To Hell|
|4||Messin' Part II|
|5||They Call Me Mr Sexy|
- Ed Kuepper - The King in the Kindness Room (2004) Retail CD
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