CULTURE TO GO

           Capping this particular Year of the Mekons are two more CDs. The Return of Rico Bell is a set of honky-tonk tragedies and drifter tunes by the part-time accordionist Rico Bell, with backup from various members of the extended Mekons family. Bell's voice has mellowed a bit since his reading of "Sweet Dreams" on the Mekon's The Edge Of The World, a great 1986 release now reissued for all to rediscover. That record opens with "Hello Cruel World," one of the group's defining moments. "I heard you singing/You sounded brave," Tom Greenhalgh sings with a slight tremor, and what I always felt he meant is that he is, and the group is, and we all are. Brave, and foolish, and staring down death, and sometimes--mercifully--singing. (Will Hermes)

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Minnesota Concert Tickets

Around The Web

Loading...