Danny Cohen

Self-Indulgent Music

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Well, you were warned (see title). This CD presents several tracks each from Danny Cohen, Mike Boner (both based out of California), and Germany's Horsecock Kids. Cohen and his band's songs are loose pop music with seemingly off-the-cuff lyrics. All but one of Boner's solo guitar and overwrought vocal tracks were recorded in his bedroom on a boom box. The Horsecock Kids' tunes have a variety of instrumentation, and layers, but the quality (both sound- and musicianship-wise) of the recording, as well as the style, gives one the impression that the Kids just heard the Silver Apples for the first time in their lives, and turned on the four-track and recorded their own take on said band. It's a fine line that divides self-indulgent and path-forging. The difference comes down to an utterly subjective opinion of "worth." Some people will probably be encouraged by hearing this -- encouraged by the fact that this music could be released on CD, and that some musicians are this unapologetic. Sometimes first-take, spontaneous lyrics and nonsensical repetitions yield brilliant gems of Taoist wisdom, and sometimes poor equipment or musicianship results in music that is impressive in its unique, irreplaceable charm (e.g., the Shaggs). Unfortunately, neither is the case here.

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