The Songs of Witchy Eye
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Author DJ Butler interprets the songs and music in his epic fantasy novel WITCHY EYE. To borrow a phrase from Samuel Johnson, the album is "like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
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Specifically, the music and songs referenced in the book. He's written and recorded an album with an alt-history folk flavor, and you know what? It works.
The songs flesh out the mythology and culture of the people who populate the world of Witchy Eye. Great songs if you like folk, fantasy, or alt-history. If you liked the novel, you'll enjoy the music. In fact, I'd almost go so far as to say it's an important companion to the book; it adds a unique flavor and dimension to a unique world.
But even if you haven't read the book (which you should), the music is worthy of a listen for its own sake. In particular, the penultimate track, "O, Listen, Ye Fathers," has the same rollicking, bouncy, dangerous vibe of Bob Dylan's first experiments with electric guitar. I also love the understated horror of the sudden lyrical turns to ruin and violence in "The Ballad of Peter Plowshare and Simon Sword," which grows on me with every hearing. Other notable tracks include "The Lion of Missouri," and "Old King Andy Jackson."
Note: I won this album in a raffle, though I was planning to buy it, too.