Michael Longcor

Dangerous Heroes

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Difficult to pigeonhole, Michael Longcor's style borrows certain qualities from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III, Leonard Cohen, and even Roger Whittaker. Equal parts satirist, purveyor of truth, and storyteller, Longcor's themes range from old dogs to the end of the millennium. He thumbs his nose at political correctness when unabashedly proclaiming his fondness of the opposite sex for prurient reasons (as well as societal equals -- wink, wink) in "I Like to Watch You Walk." Golden Bough's Florie Brown on violin and Tempest's Lief Sorbye on mandolin, flute, and harmonica spice up the arrangements, slightly giving Dangerous Heroes an American folk/Western vibe, but they are incapable of elevating this recording from its monotonous doldrums.

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