Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Voice in the Night

Far and away the best album of Lloyd's surprising artistic comeback in the past decade. He's well-matched by his collaborators and the material is well-chosen -- even the remake of his famous "Forest Flower". (And the Costello/Bacharach tune was a nice if unlikely idea.) This disc was obviously conceived as a bit of a summing-up of Lloyd's career as well as a move forwards, and it works perfectly that way. Fantastic sound, as you might expect from ECM, and did I mention Charles himself is playing better than ever? (More focused, darker, more spiritual.)

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