David Broza

Painted Postcard

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Recording his first album in 1978, David Broza used the poetry of Israeli writer Yehonatan Geffen as his foundation. In this bilingual album (Hebrew and English), the musician returns to Geffen as a source of inspiration along with Alberto Rios and English poet Shelley. On this well-crafted and performed album, Broza wastes no time creating an acoustic roots number in "Time of Trains (I Will Wait for You)," which comes off as a more tranquil John Hiatt. Tension is another key component in the record, as the slow-building "A Night in Wyoming" starts off acoustically but moves to electric guitar. It has a close resemblance to Sting circa "Fields of Gold" in its tone. The title track's long instrumental opening and flamenco touches work well as Broza sings in Hebrew. Broza's childhood in Madrid also is another influence on "Second Street." His laid-back and relaxing voice complements the smooth edges of each bridge and solo. There is also a subtle jazz element working its way into tracks such as "What Will You Do." The album's selling point has to be the Latin and Gipsy Kings groove on "Chileno Boys" and the lively toe-tappers "It Is You" and "Isadora." The only miscue is the pop/rock on the over-produced and mechanized "Hips to Hips," resembling a Gino Vanelli song. However, even in spite of this, Broza's impeccable guitar abilities seem to ease the annoyance. A surprise is "When I Didn't Have a Home" (sung in Hebrew), which has similarities to "The Bug" by Dire Straits. Closing with "Under the Sky," Broza has created an exquisite album of folk-oriented gems, regardless of language.

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