Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Turner Cody - Gangbusters!

On April 25, Turner Cody will release his latest recording "Gangbusters!". Although this is Cody’s first commercial release in the US, the story of this young songwriter is already a long one. Over twelve years and nine albums, Turner Cody has molded himself into an artist of great form and scope whose vision blends the old with the new, the hope-filled with the melancholic, the sacred with the profane.

"Gangbusters!" was conceived in the vein of heart-ache and the redemption of love. "The Only One I had is gone", " Can you See Me, Mon Amour" and "Lost as Lost can be" narrate the pathos of failed relationships and the tragedy of unfulfilled expectation. "Au Revoir" is a classic modern breakup song.

The latter half of the album is a testament to love found and culminates with the anthemic "Nobody Like You". It ends in the symbolist imagery of "You Know that about Me", which expresses the joys and sober realities of true love and commitment.

"Gangbusters!" is Cody's third studio album with Herman Dune, and many of the tracks were fleshed out over their two years on the road together. The lyrical flare displayed on previous Cody albums are here given a color, meter, and phrasing as never before. Jon Natchez and Kelly Pratt (both of Beirut) add melody and texture in poignant horn arrangements that add depth to the vocal track. For the final mix, Dan Myers (Adam Green) worked well to turn live studio takes into a mature, well-balanced final product.

"Gangbusters" will stand as a prime example of infallible contemporary songwriting.

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