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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metro One Music
  • ASIN: B0006H8IVK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The brilliant Michael Knott has fronted many a band and played with a ton of different musicians, many of whom brought out his brilliance by helping him to create the music and emotion that he heard in his head and felt in his heart. While certainly a musician his creative juices flowed most favorably in the direction of lyrical and overall song creation/ direction. He was never the master musician (speaking of the music, not the vocals here) on any of his albums and, partly because he has been a chameleon of all sorts (musically, lyrically, vocally), many people might be inclined to think that he only has talent if he surrounds himself with the right backing players (Knott's primary instrument is an acoustic guitar). KNott so!

On three of his self-titled releases ("A Rocket and A Bomb", "Strip Cycle", and finally "Life of David") Knott dials the sound down and puts his acoustics and vocals more up front than ever (especially on "Strip Cycle" and so too on his later "Hearts of Care" releases). Are there electric guitars on this album? Yep. Bass and drums? Of course. But Knott's acoustic and sometimes electric tones are more the star here on this stellar release. This is an introspective urban folk poet's music and his band, his backing players, are just that: backing players (don't worry; they all sound good).

Whenever I burn a Knott CD 2-3 favorites always come off of this disc and that's saying something as I've more than 20 of his music CDs to choose from. These songs cut to the heart.
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This is a fine album. If you have any interest in some of the musicians who started the Alternative Christian music scene, Michael Knott is one of the first places to start looking. This album is his last majorly distributed album.

In it you'll see themes of personal reflection, regret, and so much more.

The music is generally just Knott with an acoustic guitar, although some tracks feature drums, electric guitar, organ and other instruments.

Recommended without any hesitation.
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I had been aware of Michael Knott's work as a solo artist, front man of several bands, and painter (his artwork has been used on album covers for not only his own projects, but also for others like the Choir) for many years before I started to get into his music. For one thing, it was harder for me to find his CDs, and the few that I did come across just didn't grab me. It wasn't until I witnessed his return to the Cornerstone Festival (after he had been banned for many years, according to rumors) that I was completely hooked by his performance. Just him and an acoustic guitar (with violin accompaniment on a few songs provided by Beth Spransy of Ticklepenny Corner), but his performance was powerful, electric, and riveting. The songwriting was brilliant, poignant and moving, often with darker themes, but not without humor. I started to buy whatever I could find, so that I could at least know the songs. I still found little that I liked musically, the style just wasn't my taste. But I knew his live shows were not to be missed, and I was never disappointed by them whenever I was fortunate enough to attend.

When this album was released, it stayed in my CD player for a very long time, quickly becoming my favorite Michael Knott recording. Not only is this arguably his most accessible release, but I also think it is one of the finest albums of pop music I have ever heard. I usually tend to think of "pop" as a dirty word when it comes to music, but this is a very fine example of how it can be done right. The melodies are gorgeous and catchy, the lyrics simple, to the point, and moving. This is most evident on the closing track, "Hospital," which I think is one of the most heartbreakingly honest songs I have ever heard.
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