Love Songs: For and Against

Love Songs: For and Against

by Guy Forsyth


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Love Songs: For and Against

At first, erstwhile blues-rocker Guy Forsyth's first solo album in half a decade sounds much closer to Beck than the Fabulous Thunderbirds: opening track "Long Long Time" sets an addictive chorus against an ongoing spoken word rant about the degradations of America's consumer culture, and covers the whole thing with fuzz guitars, distorted vocals, and unexpected touches like producer Mark Addison's bouzouki and harmonium. The rest of the album isn't quite so shocking a departure from Forsyth's earlier, more traditional blues-rock material, but it still expands upon that sound to include different sounds and textures. Combine the varied and engaging arrangements with Forsyth's strongest collection of songs yet and Love Songs: For and Against is clearly his finest solo work. Highlights: "Brand New Day" includes faux tropical elements while managing to avoid sounding like Jimmy Buffett, while "Rise Up" adds a subtle hip-hop beat to an otherwise straightforward urban blues narrative, and the sardonic blues lullaby "Take Advantage" sets some well-aimed political commentary to a piano-based tune strongly reminiscent of Sail Away-era Randy Newman.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Small & Nimble
UPC: 0807577160126
catalogNumber: 1601
Rank: 290423

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy Forsyth   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Drums,Ukulele,Vocals,Saw,Guitar (Baritone)
Mark Addison   Organ,Bass,Bouzouki,Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Harmonium,Vocals,Loops,Guitar (Baritone)
Nina Singh   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Rattle
Carolyn Wonderland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Gjersoe   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Pam Miller   Vocals
Josh Gravelin   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Wendy Colonna   Vocals,Background Vocals
Su Walenta   Conga,Harp,Vocals,Djembe,Shekere,Frame Drum
George Rarey   Banjo
Pamela Miller   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Darden Smith   Composer
Guy Forsyth   Composer
Mark Addison   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Loop
Michael Ramos   Composer
Nina Singh   Composer,Sound Effects
Carolyn Wonderland   Composer
Bart Willis   Illustrations
Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne   Composer

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