Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CD Review: Rob Morsberger Summons Up "Ghosts" On New Album

Singer/songwriter Rob Morsberger has been very busy as of late. He's collaborated on the Grammy Award Winning soundtrack for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” he makes an appearances on the new albums from Patti Smith and from Loudon Wainwright III and even found time to write an album of his own. The new release from Morsberger is titled “Ghosts Before Breakfast” and was inspired by the 1927 movie of the same name.

The opening track “Ghosts Before Breakfast” shows Morsberger pulling off his best impression of Ray Davies of The Kinks as his vocals and storytelling lyrics reflect a simpler time. He then switches tones to a more Dylanesque-style to his vocals during “The Great Whatever.” He tries for a more pop approach on “The Distinguished Thing,” but seems more at home with his lo-fi, folk storytelling as in “Cobblestones” and “The Man Of Much Merit.” Morsberger has fun with his musicians on “Celebrity Artist,” before returning to the serious, heartfelt ballad “For Heaven’s Sake.” The album closes with the raw, but beautiful “Christina In Your Salon.”

The album was released back in November of 2011 on Hieroglyph Records and features a copy of the Hans Richter film “Ghost Before Breakfast” as a bonus. For more information on this release and on all the Rob Morsberger is a part of, please visit robmorsberger.com.

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