Abraham Cloud

Another Successful Breakfast

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When a singer/songwriter calls one of his songs "Let's Make Love (On the Floor of the Liquor Store)," you can safely assume that he has a wild sense of humor. Abraham Cloud definitely does, and that goofy yet rockin' number is one of the high points of Another Successful Breakfast. But on the whole, this isn't a CD that tries to hold your attention with shock value for the sake of shock value. Nor is it a CD that goes out of its way to be accessible; most of Cloud's alternative pop/rock is on the moody side, and the obscure artist manages to be moody, introspective, and quirky at the same time on tracks such as "Baby Lemonade," "The Company of Strangers," and "Cigarette Bar" (a duet with singer Esther Terry). With influences ranging from R.E.M. and Neil Young to David Bowie and Roxy Music, Cloud shows promise on this intriguing and chance-taking, if uneven, release.

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