Keneally, Mike - Wooden Smoke

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Exowax
Catalog Number: 2405
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:35:00

Mike Keneally is an incredible musician, and on Wooden Smoke his skills are on display in a more intimate format. Keneally uses mostly acoustic guitar and piano, creating a more mellow effort with great atmosphere. Crisp and clear sound makes it feel like he is right in the room with you. Keneally gets a little help some friends on a few tracks, but basically most of what you hear is all Mike.

Showing a little pop side on ?2001;" and again the attention to detail with the vocals, they are terrific. ?New England? and ?Dee 'n' A? might be my personal favorites, as the guitar playing just blows me away. ?Bags? and ?Boom? feature great vocal arrangements. You don't get as much of the quirkiness of his previous recordings, but this one lays it all out right in front of you, amazing talent and songwriting, Keneally has got it all.

Hello (2:58) / Bags (1:44) / Haugseth (4:03) / 2001 (3:46) / New England (2:25) / Nanny-Ass Crow (1:56) / Dee 'N' A (6:47) / Boom (0:49) / 5 Legs (2:15) / Fathers Day (3:24) / Pantomime (3:13) / Machupicchu (4:43) / Wooden Smoke (3:42) / Thanksgiving (5:29)

Mike Keneally ? all instruments, singing & sounds
Marcelo Radulovich ? atmospheres & sounds, melodica
Nathan Hubbard ? drums, percussion & sounds
Rick Musallam ? guitar
Tricia Steel ? vibes
Matt Resnicoff ? singing
Lee Elderton ? saxes
Chris G ? drums
Bryan Bellar ? bass

Mike Keneally - Hat (1992)
Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck (1994)
Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins - Half Alive In Hollywood (1996)
Mike Keneally - The Tar Tapes Vol. 1 (1983-1991, released 1997)
Mike Keneally - Giant Tracks (1997) (HyberNation Gentle Giant tribute album compilation)
Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins - Sluggo! (1997)
Mike Keneally - The Tar Tapes Vol. 2 (1982-1991, released 1998)
Mike Keneally - Nonkertompf (1999)
Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins - Dancing (2000)
Mike Keneally - Wooden Smoke (2002)
The Mike Keneally Band - Dog (2004)
The Mike Keneally Band - Guitar Therapy Live (2006)

(Plus Appearances with other artists include Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Nick D'Virgilio and many more)

Genre: Other

Origin US

Added: December 14th 2003
Reviewer: Eric Porter

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Language: english


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