“Not Long For This World” is a track that showcases the eclectic nature of “Cole Porter’s Blues”, with a number of distinct genres and musical styles broached in the course of four minutes. With listeners properly prepped for what is to come on “Cole Porter’s Blues”, Michel Ackermann creates a more expansive and slower tempoed track in “How Long?” The vocals and instruments here unite to create something ethereal, airy, and light while still hitting listeners with emotional fury.
As was the case with “Not Long For This World”, there is a grandiose sound present that makes it quite easy from fans of all sounds and influences to find something to sink their teeth into. The titular track has a pointed, driven style of instrumentation that meshes well with its title. This blues meets jazz dynamic is utterly cosmopolitan, with Japanese pop influences just as present as an American indie sound. “Drunk on the Moon” is a much more deliberate track than any previously present on “Cole Porter’s Blues”, with the instrumentation tightening up considerably. While the distinct arrangements taken by the band up to this point were not weak in the slightest, the dynamic that is had between the guitar, bass, and drums is something to behold. The vocals are draped over quite nicely, filling in during those moments when the instrumental side of things recedes.
Man of No Tomorrow” is perfect evidence for listeners that albums do not need to necessarily get weaker as the artist continues on. Rather, Ackermann molds the last few tracks of the album in a way distinct from the bulk of tracks on “Cole Porter’s Blues”. “Man of No Tomorrow” starts in a normal enough fashion, but rapidly gets more and more chaotic until the track simply explodes at the three-minute mark. Finishing things up strongly, Ackermann shows that albums as abstract and experimental as “Cole Porter’s Blues” can still maintain some semblance of radio-readiness. For every nod that is made on the album to acts like Pere Ubu and early Devo, one can just as easily hear a Coldplay or U2. Regardless of where you hang your musical hat, “Cole Porter’s Blues” represents a must-have album. Pick it up today.
Top Tracks: Not Long For This World, Sailing Through The Storm
Michel Ackermann – Cole Porter’s Blues / 2010 Self / 12 Songs / http://www.myspace.com/michelackermann / http://www.muob-production.de