Tuesday, May 26, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: KEN TIZZARD - NO DARK NO LIGHT
This time out, Tizzard found himself interested in acoustic music, country-folk specifically. He'd been touring with just an acoustic trio, and wanted to capture that sound. So he put a ban on electric instruments for the album, added drums and dove in with some well-crafted story-telling. Inspired by time on the road with fellow Newfoundlander and song crafter par excellence, Ron Hynes, Tizzard came up with a series of character-driven lyrics. Among the best tunes here are 37 Bullets, which looks at the Bonnie & Clyde story, but not through the eyes of the main characters. Instead he invents a life of a teenage girl from a coffee shop who sees Clyde in a robbery early on, and falls in love with the dashing character.
He's taken to this style well, with evocative writing and great sympathy for the regular folks in life. Everything is recorded in one take off the floor, no polishing, and the warmth and humanity comes through. Tizzard's a wizard at re-invention.