Robert Urban - Elegies Robert Urban, a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from NYC, plays all the instruments on Elegies, his third CD, also recorded by Urban at his studio. The music is AOR type pop-rock, with standard melodic arrangements and hooks, and varied sonic textures for different songs. The acoustic guitars and percussion in "The Waiting Song" add a pleasant bouncy flavor that fits the music well, but the fuzzy wah guitar in "Tragedy" seems affectedly out of place. The Charles Ives song "Elegie & March of the Fallen Lovers" is the most harmonically interesting moment, despite the rather pretentious vocals in French from a Gallet poem. The lyrics are simplistic fare on varied subjects, including love and destruction of the ozone layer. All instruments are solidly played, no mean feat for a multi-instrumentalist, and the sound is good except for the rather stark front positioning of the vocals in the mix. Unfortunately, Elegies never rises above a self-aware funk of conceit, mostly in the lyrics and vocal delivery. Reviewed by Scott Andrews
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