a dignidade da diferença
18 de Agosto de 2015

 

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«A long with Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, Harry Nilsson and some others, David Ackles helped widen the definition of contemporary singer-songwriters in the late 1960s. This was a group of performers open to incorporation of many non-rock pop and theatrical influences into their work, and not based in folk-rock, like so many of the other early singer-songwriters were. Nor were they conventional rock or pop singers. Somehow, nonetheless, they recorded albums that were marketed to the rock audience. Of all the names mentioned above, David Ackles is certainly the most obscure, even if his quartet of albums won him a cult audience that included Elton John and Elvis Costello. David Ackles, his self-titled 1968 Elektra debut, was an unusual effort even by the label’s own high standards for introducing original talents. Ackles’ dark, brooding songs and low croon-rumble of a voice delivered cerebral lyrics painting the everyday adventures of misfits and their struggles to find meaning and spirituality. What could have been overblown in other hands was given a stately dignity by the stoicism, vacillating between determination and resignation, of Ackles’ vocals and observations. Far more than any of his subsequent albums, the record’s arrangements were tailored for rock ears, with ethereal psychedelic-tinged guitar and organ that weren’t too unlike those heard on other Elektra LPs of the time, such as Tim Buckley’s early releases.»

Richie Unterberger

 

 

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