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CD REVIEW: Steve Kilpatrick - Westside Crop Circles
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Steve Kilpatrick
Genre: Alternative Pop
CD Review:
Steve is a storyteller, who happens to own a few instruments. He writes very specific ideas and themes. There's no Foreigner or Air Supply about this guy; he's not trying to water down feelings and stories for the sake of a mass audience. The opening to 'Brothers-in-Law' goes something like 'mom and daddy always hated big sister's first husband / me and big sister's first husband always got along fine / they moved south 2 years ago she dumped him in Tupelo / last month she moved north again' and so on in a alternative pop sort of way. 'Multi-Generational' is one of the weirdest. You might call it a combo meal of Brian Wilson and a bored Prince. Out comes the electric guitar, the dog keeps barking once on the beat, the hand-clapping keeps up, a voice steals from The Turtles, and out spills 'it's an old sensation that still sweeps the nation / multi-generational / the wife and I in our son's old bedroom / our son his wife and child in our old bedroom / mom and grams in the back bedroom'. Very odd. The cd has to be heard to be believed. And understood. Listen and make up your own mind!

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