Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Music Review - 8in8

To say 8in8 is a super group is an odd way to put it in the least. Made up of former Dresden Doll, Amanda Palmer, her husband, writer, musician, and all around nice guy, Neil Gaiman, the always willing to do a duet Ben Folds, and Damian Kulash, singer, guitarist, and treadmill master from OkGO. That really is 4 people I wouldn't usually expect to get together in a studio...or my kitchen. I guess that these things happen.

Each track on Nighty Night (an album done in 8 hours) is an expression in and of itself, but for me, the real ear grabber was "Because Origami", a soft duet with Ben Folds and Amanda Palmer that starts soft and ends sad. Then, returning to story form, there is the dark closing track, "The Problem With Saints", where Neil Gaiman's use of the word "bifurcated" is just really scary. For something that may have come about as a joke or some fun, it has hutzpah and shows what fun it is to break out of the norm and play music instead of just making it.

At any rate, the cd is a fun listen and really enjoyable. I've gone through it about 10 or 15 times this morning and can't stop listening. If that's not enough to get you interested, initial proceeds from download-donations are going to berkleecitymusicnetwork - a charity which provides kids with every opportunity to see their musical potential. But since the music stands on it's own eclectic legs, the charity is just icing on the cake.

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RIYL: Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Richard Harris, for no real reason other than the last track "The Problem With Saints" remind me of "MacArthur Park"

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