Another eclectic blend of brainchild pop in Strange Observations.
It was no surprise to me that Strange Observations by Peggy Brainchild turned out to be an eclectic collection of songs, as I've seen the man in motion some three or four times before - he has that quality that only geniuses and madmen have. He's a tall wonder of a guy with a mass of dark hair and a knack of getting noticed. On stage he delivers his music with a passion that can either entice the quiet listeners or encourage the care free dancers. However a recording is different from the real thing, and sometimes it seldom has the same effect of really being there. Never the less on this occasion Peggy manages to give us a little more when it comes to his recorded material.
Strange Observations seems to give the listener a proper look inside the mind of the artist and unlike those tunes that have been written to a formula for desired effect, Peggy's songs appear to be built by real feelings. He is a communicative songwriter and I can't help wondering if he's trying to tell somebody something. Whoever it is, I'm sure they know who they are.
The question remains throughout the album though; will we next be graced by Peggy's whispering vocals over an enchanting 'lump in your throat' tune (voices), or will we be given a jolt of the electricity evident in 'Eyes of Ra'? Peggy shifts unabashed from the grooves of reggae (3 Years) to the throw back of a cult 80's angst track, and then to a lull of poetry over a melody that swims effortlessly along. This man is one of many styles, and why not? Peggy still retains his own sound, whether it be to an upbeat, downbeat, acoustic, electric, melancholic, or dance beat.
Here we have an album of multiple emotions, and there is no doubting that there is something very special with a hint of sparkling madness going on with Peggy Brainchild.
released June 29, 2010
Written and Produced by Peggy Brainchild
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