We liked Part I of this section of The History of the Village of Small Huts that we went back for more. Read More
1972, Americana, Art Pop, Cabaret, Cabaret Rock, Music, Show Tunes, and Singer Songwriter.
Ackles has a really idiosyncratic style, combining the confessional storytelling of other songwriters of his era with a huge does of musical theatre, particularly cabaret and American musicals, with borderline novelistic lyrics. It’s a weird amalgam that mostly doesn’t just work but wows. Read More
Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel (part of The History of the Village of Small Huts) Live at Soulpepper Tuesday July 11, 2017
1988, 2017, Cabaret, Dramedy, Historical Drama, History, Live Theatre, Tableau, and Theatre.
This is the second staging of a 1988 set of two 1-act plays which are part of the 21 1-act play cycle, The History of the Village of Small Huts, performed by Video Cabaret, a troupe that uses tableau and total darkness to give essentially soundbite snippets of Canadian history. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it. Read More
1992, 2002, Alternative Singer Songwriter, Blues, Cabaret, Music, and Singer Songwriter.
So expectations were going to be high for something like this; a “lost” album from a theatrical production ten years earlier. No doubt many people came to this expecting the “lost masterpiece” that we almost always associate with the work major artists don’t record / release. Well it’s not that, but the idea that it’s bad, as some recent RYM reviewer’s allege, is equally preposterous. It’s certainly a major change in tone from the incredible Bone Machine, which was released only a few months after the show premiered. But that shows off Waits’ versatility, if anything, and that’s something he Read More
This is the kind of thing I feel I should eat up: it’s revivalist cabaret with clear doses of jazz, “classical” music, an awareness of punk, and a surprisingly good set of songs underlying it. But I feel like these guys never quite get to their potential; they could be so much more raucous, so much more extreme in their moments of dissonance, and a little more varied. To me, that would elevate what is a very polished act that is sort of dwelling in another century – at least in part – to something really notable in this century. Read More
This is a solid set of songs with his standard fantastic arrangements which shows off his vocal range perhaps a bit more than most of his records (that I have heard). I have a sneaking suspicion that he descends once or twice into self-parody, but I love him too much to follow up such a thought. 9/10 Read More