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Ed Askew

Rainy Day Song

(Spinning Gold; US: 3 Jun 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Ed Askew honed and perfected his craft from last album to this one. Of course, seeing as his last one was issued in 1968 you would hope it’s honed. But age at times can be a bit cruel. Askew’s voice is strong but has that elder warble in it that seems to run through songs like the opening, piano-driven title track and the ensuing “Hey Joe” that is decent but really nothing more. Perhaps the song best exemplifying the record is “Spinning Tops”, a song part sung and part spoken that resembles a song Lou Reed and David Byrne would collaborate on. Another such little nugget is “Blue Eyed Baby”, a reflective and melancholic piece that grows on the listener. As the album continues, there’s a fondness for most of the songs, especially “A Waltz in the Dark” which recalls a past love Askew had or pined for. There’s a tinge of sadness in a lot of the songs, especially “Climbing To The Top” and “Morning Comes Again” as he sings of waking up, looking at children playing and just basically people-watching. When Askew elects to sound contemporary on “A New Song”, it’s a hit and miss affair.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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