Songdog - The Way of the World
Zara Records TED CD1
Reviewed by
AH
To be original, invigorating and daring is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon in today's MTV saturated world. Enter Songdog, a totally different listening experience lead by one Lyndon Morgan, occasional playwright, novelist and songwriter, who pushes the art form onto a different plateau. The Way of the World is a quite extraordinary album bursting with Morgan's fabulously detailed Lyrics, which are heavily laden with tales of love, loss and passion (and sex in a cemetery!). The backing is very spare allowing Morgan's lyrics the room to breathe and weave their magic. Take the opening lines on first track 'Goodbye Isabel' for a taster of what's to follow; "In her heart I think she wants me dead/Second best she sleeps with me instead/ I give her all her books and records back/Roy Orbison, Burt Bacharach and Kerouac, in paperback/West Side Story Soundtrack." Some of the songs have a bleakness and desolation to them that cuts right to the core; witness the line in 'South London Winter' where Morgans Howls "Lucy wrote me a letter, pink crayon on blue Paper, to say every useless thing we'd planned was off." The Way of the World is very intense in a Leonard Cohen kind of way, and it stopped me in my tracks and demanded that I give it my full attention. It's a remarkable achievement and a real treasure - seek it out

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