Fresh fiery full force musical journey Coyote Poets of the Universe – STRANGE LULLABY: What a musical journey this represents… Josie Quick, violinist extraordinaire, performs with Coyote Poets of the Universe (I reviewed her “Rear View” album not too long ago, so I’m quite familiar with her unique abilities), and this fiery new double-CD takes me way back to the most psychedelic days of my own journey! Their styles range all the way from early Lennon-McCartney (“Tomorrow Never Knows“) to Booker-T Jones (“Green Onions“) to a superbly crafted tune that can’t help but remind me of Zappa (“Scars” – an excellent 15:11 tune that somehow reminds me of “Hot Rats”), and they COOK on each & every one of the twenty-seven tunes offered up, folks.
The group’s rockin’ performance on “The Doors” “Roadhouse Blues” is smokingly splendid, and makes a perfect aural companion for long rides in my 1966 Pontiac GTO (at full volume, of course – which is exactly how you should listen to it)… this certainly takes me back to my earliest intro to tripping through the tulips with my rose-colored glasses shimmering in the sunlight!
I’m also a dedicated fan of classic gospel tunes, so when I listened to their interpretation of “Wayfaring Stranger“, I was totally blown away… Coyote Poets of the Universe will wrap you (easily) into the emotional spell they create with this beautiful performance.
You won’t hear a better rendition of the song made famous by Eric Burdon and the Animals than Coyote Poets of the Universe perform for you… “House of the Rising Sun” takes you all the way down to the heart of the New Orleans mystique in ultimately cool fashion – just terrific!
The “capstone” of the album, for this old hippie, though, is the 5:49 “Green Glass“… the spoken-word that courses through the pulsing guitars, bass & drums brings back memories for me (some of them right at the edge of paranoia – ha! ha! just kidding). This song digs down deep into your psyche & won’t let go – you’ll be listening to it over & over again.
I give Coyote Poets of the Universe a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a (perfect) 5.00 – meaning that it also gets my “PICK” for “most creative 21st Century noir-retro”. Get more information on the Coyote Poets of the Universe website. Rotcod Zzaj