- Audio CD (Jan. 31 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Manifesto Records
- ASIN: B00005NT4F
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
|1. Down Like Me|
|2. This One's On You|
|3. Find Yourself Alone|
|5. Reveal Love|
|7. One Morning|
|8. Spanish Waltz|
|10. The Lover's Hymn|
|11. Here's To The Future|
I always hope that great pop singer-songwriters will get commercial, as well as critical acclaim. Unfortunately I have resigned myself to the fact that what sells is whatever pre-packaged crap Lou Pearlman is concocting in his lab this week.
I should be thankful that Ken Stringfellow IS successful enough to keep making records like this. Won't YOU support this cause and go spend your hard earned cash on this CD??
Touched is a consistent and wonderful album, ranging from deep sadness to elation, despair to hope, with each emotion bearing Stringfellow's trademark violin-strum of a voice. A fantastic work.
The second track, "This One's on You," an anthem to new love and infatuation, brings about a needed sunbreak from the depression-infused (complete with country-twang) song, "Down Like Me."
The album goes on to explore themes of the confining binds of religion (without getting too specific), to an exploration of finding love that one feels they have to hide, and how ridiculous this is("Uniforms").
"Reveal Love," a gorgeous, catchy song, with a great guitar riff, is one of the highlights of the album, a true pop gem.
"One Morning" is a Beatles-esque little tune with some very happy/fanciful guitar work (as well as a sunny and beautiful vocal harmony).
"Spanish Waltz" is an interesting little number with a unique melody, and Fireflies is a telling tale of some sort of smoky Rock'n'Roll myth.. the man, once a child on the beach and surrounded by beautiful fireflies, is now a man, searching for new forms of light and beauty. The only song without a traditional chorus, it stands on its own, with its haunting background organ sequence.
Lover's Hymn is a fabulous foray into an R&B-influenced world. With its enticing organs and fantastic concept, LH is a prayer of sorts, for love, for ecstasy... a lasting, inventive effort. As Ken strays from Posies territory, he is clearly finding his own brilliant way to go.Read more ›
I had high expectations of this solo release but I never thought that it would be THIS good.I mean I am a Posies fanatic but this has surpassed all of my expectations.It is a songwriting masterclass that has elevated Mr Stringfellow into the big league occupied by Messrs.McCartney and Finn.
As a long-time Posies fan, I must say these songs are among Ken's finest, even in the absence of Jon Auer's fabulous harmonies. Nobody can hit the high notes with as much passion.