CD Strictly Whatever [Digipak] * (CD 7043890),
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Strictly Whatever [Digipak] *

  • 1. Sunny
    2. Nothing I Can Do
    3. Looking For a Brand New World
    4. Hippy Trippy
    5. Mr Lucky
    6. Note To Self
    7. Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
    8. Little Ukelele
    9. There Was a Girl
    10. Looking For a Plan
    11. Dance With Delilah
    12. Carry My Tears Away
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPCD1352

  • Credits
    ProducerHarry Manx; Kevin Breit
    EngineerJohn "Beetle" Bailey; Wynn Gogol

    Personnel: Art Avalos (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: John "Beetle" Bailey.
    Recording information: 1 Ton Studios, Victoria; The Drive Shed Recording Studios, Toronto.
    Photographer: Gary Taylor .
    The musical partnership of singer/songwriter/guitarists Harry Manx and Kevin Breit is given a third outing on their duo album Strictly Whatever. The two play a variety of stringed instruments that includes, along with many different guitars, banjo, and mohan veena (Manx) and electric sitar, ukulele, and mandolin (Breit); Art Avalos provides percussion. Sometimes on these mostly self-written tunes, Manx and Breit create a ramshackle folk-rock sound somewhat reminiscent of Bob Dylan albums of the late '90s and early 2000s, notably on "Nothing I Can Do." That similarity is accentuated when Manx is singing in his gruff voice, though he can also suggest Mark Knopfler ("Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep"). The album is a low-key mixture of folk, country, and blues styles full of textured playing and interaction between the two guitarists, who have enough experience with each other to be comfortable trading licks throughout. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.60) - "The duo are skilled songwriters. Their material runs the gamut from the George Harrison-meets-Elvis Costello feel of the melancholy 'Nothing I Can Do' to the bubbling optimism found in the pop-inspired 'Looking for a Brand New World'..."
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