Chris Cohen’s third and eponymous album was made to the backdrop of his parents divorcing after 53 years and his father coming out. Cohen found all this to be a massive relief. The record is made with a breezy sense of knowing the truth and that his life could begin. The seemingly disparate influences of Thomas Dolby and Pat Metheny inform this record too. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.
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Last time round I accused Chris Cohen of being just a bit too laid back and not engaging with his material...yup I'm fun to be around at parties... anyway this time he has made an album about his parents divorce and his dad subsequently coming out as gay. Therefore on lead track Green Eyes you can hear Cohen engage lyrically and it's very important because his music is utterly gorgeous and it's only his mumbled, half asleep vocals that sometimes hold it back. Hilariously the track - obviously about his dad - contains the lyric "he told me not to mumble, you could see the anger in his face". Well said Dad. I've told him the same.
Elsewhere there's more yearning on No Time To say Goodbye which is which is interrupted by the most painful saxophone solo. He really does have such a nice soft sound that the harsh edges of the saxophone is literally like placing a dog turd on a souffle. Sweet William is another unusual track with a jaunty chord sequence and neo Paul Simon delivery. This time some zany guitar solos disrupt the nice.
I find Cohen's laid back guitar music and soft rock tinkering interesting rather than mind-blowingly good. He tries a few different tacks here without completely nailing any of them but it's still a fascinating listen.
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