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Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004 @ 09:03:49 UTC
Artist: Edward Heppenstall
CD: Parts That Hate Me
Home: Redlands, California
Quote: "Parts That Hate Me is a very smooth, sometimes playful, sometimes intense rock experiment, and I declare it a success."
By Jennifer Layton
There's a beat poet in Edward Heppenstall just scatting to get out. There's also a funkmeister in there somewhere, as well as a classical composer and a dramatic actor. Somehow, Heppenstall manages to incorporate the tastes of all of these extra souls on his debut CD without sounding cluttered. Getting them all to agree on pizza toppings, on the other hand, must be a nightmare.
Parts That Hate Me is a very smooth, sometimes playful, sometimes intense rock experiment, and I declare it a success. I never knew what I'd hear from one track to the next, but I was hanging in there to find out, still grooving to the one I'd just heard.
Heppenstall bursts out of the speakers with "For Love or Now," starting with jangly guitar over creeping bass, and then bursting into jazzy, surreal pop/rock. The song sounds wild and frenzied. It's a thunderstorm of a rock song. That drama rises again and again throughout the CD, but Heppenstall keeps it from blowing right into pretentiousness territory. In the case of "The Act," when the bass goes off on its own little trip, Heppenstall stops the music to rein in the bass player ("hey man, what are you doing?!").
The groove kicks in on "Don't Take Me Down," which I played twice because I wasn't done with my chair dance when it ended the first time. My favorite is the title track. I spent most of it trying to remember what band it reminded me of. Heppenstall may cringe to read this, but it's Spandau Ballet with a harder rock approach. I can hear Tony Hadley singing this song. The harmonies are gorgeous. This is radio gold.
Heppenstall is a fearless artist with a strong singing voice and disdain for boundaries. He's recorded a debut CD he can be proud of. Now if he can just keep the egos of all those multiple personalities in check, he needs to get out on the road with it. Keep an eye on that bass player.
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