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Roger O’Donnell with Julia Kent, Love and Other Tragedies (99X/100 Records)




Roger O’Donnell with Julia Kent, Love and Other Tragedies (99X/100 Records)
Cd Reviews: June 18, 2015

06/18/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Modern chamber-classical excursion from this piano-cello pair, who represent an intriguing matchup on paper — O’Donnell was keyboardist for The Cure, while cellist Kent has done time with (who else) Rasputina. As would rightly be expected, they’ve delivered something combining anti-pop prettiness and enthusiastically rendered bleakness, a soundtrack-y set of mellow-outs that unveil a unique, rich sound, particularly when Kent layers her cello fourfold — it sounds a lot bigger than the efforts of just two people. No, it’s not a punky exercise in dissonance and skronk; O’Donnell is a serious guy who’s composed such things as a musical interpretation of a Hockney painting, that piece eventually having been performed by the Toronto Corktown Orchestra, and Kent is plenty busy with film and TV soundtracking. Add to that the fact that this project has taken years to come to life, and there’s no questioning the seriousness of this solemnly vibrant, inquisitive little work. A  — Eric W. Saeger






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