Eugene Chadbourne

Eddie Chatterbox on Broadway, Vol. 2

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This CD-R offers another round of Eugene Chadbourne's serenades. Alone on guitar or banjo, he sings his favorite pages of the American crooner and Broadway songbooks. Depending on your expectations, you could be pleased, amused, or turned off in a matter of seconds. When it comes to seductive vocals, the Doctor is no Frank Sinatra. He is often off-key and you'll have a hard time determining whether he sings from the heart or tongue in cheek. The truth is, he loves this repertoire just like Frank Zappa couldn't get the doo wop hits of the '50s out of his head -- and both artists approached their corpus with a similar love/hate, respect/desecration relationship. In the case of Chadbourne, especially in solo settings like this one, the listener's attention focuses on his guitar playing, always surprising, demanding, and completely off the wall, even when he tries to play straight. Eddie Chatterbox on Broadway, Vol. 2 contains less gems and surprises than volume one (no "Sound of Music" here), but it still has its share of nice moments, with "You Leave Me Breathless" and "It Might as Well Be Spring" being two beautifully executed and nicely recorded songs.

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