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This Time

by Duquette

Singer Songwriter Jazz/Rock with World Grooves.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Too Good for Me
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2. Love Is Contagious
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3. This Time
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4. Roxanne
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5. Memphis
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6. My Home
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7. On Youtube
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CD Review: Rob Duquette trades kids' themes for adult thoughts in 'This Time'
Portland Press Herald

By KRISTIN DiCARA-McCLELLAN

Rob Duquette of Saco has created some very smart and catchy children's music in the past, and will probably continue to do so. But with the release of "This Time" on Friday, he will also reveal his other side, through music that still emphasizes the cheery reggae-induced melodies and beats, but takes on adult topics and compositions with more intricate layers.

Duquette took a couple of songs from his recent children's CD, "Love Is Contagious," and reworked them to fit into a more adult composition. The grown-up version of the title song on the children's CD, for example, includes an interesting horn solo, making it a bit more engaging for the sophisticated ear.

(Although, because his children's music can also please grown-ups, Duquette didn't need to change much. And because of his flair for playing reggae and ska, he delivers the goods with ease for either genre.)

"She's Too Good for Me" treks on adult-relationship turf with the same Afro-Caribbean and eclectic style he uses for his children's CD.

"Roxanne" is, you guessed it, a cover of The Police's huge hit from 1978, and Duquette does a good job of reworking it, albeit with a more laid-back style. But the influence of The Police's reggae sound in his songs is prevalent, and the listener now understands the connection by his covering this song in particular.

"Memphis" takes a walk on the folk side. Guest vocalist Andrea Wollstadt adds a lovely change to the mix in the chorus with her harmony and a bit of solo work. Relationship themes again come up here.

All in all, Rob Duquette is an accomplished musician. With his prolific studies of African-American, North American and African music; his ability to delight children with his catchy, fun lyrics; and his adult songs that are just as catchy and fun, he should be enjoying much success in all genres.

In fact, the best thing about his kid-oriented work is that it's not always obviously kids' music.

As if to prove it, the title track from the kids' album (his marketing spin) is also here on This Time, a seven-song release under the name Duquette, his first solo release and first release as a frontman since Cactus Highway's Nothing Pure in 2004. Like just about everything on the album, it's got a "world" feel, with a salsa vibe and active flugelhorn from Rick Marsters. It's a fun song. And danceable. My kids like it. We listened to it over a rousing game of Memory. (I crushed them.)

The repeating chorus is pretty catchy: "When you give somebody love/They want to give somebody else love." But, you know, the ironic among you will not be pleased. My taste buds rebelled. Too sweet. The aftertaste alone poisons his "Roxanne" cover. Thankfully, he doesn't try to do it like Sting — it's a bluesy kind of thing until the chorus, where it hits feel-good reggae — but I'm not sure the arrangement takes the song's subject matter seriously enough (and I know that sounds remarkably prudish), even if the bass and guitar are both engagingly played.

"Memphis" is an interesting mix of reggae and classic rock guitar, with a chorus that's classic alt-country and a bridge full of horns from Mark Damon. As for the lyrics, they're direct: "You are my only real friend/that is the only thing I know." "YouTube" is more purely pop, especially in the chorus, and serves as cautionary tale: "They asked me if I would get on stage and move . . ." At least he can be put here in the same sentence as Jeff Tweedy, who expressed similar concerns the last time he played the State Theatre as a solo act, opening wondering if his fly was down.

Duquette's not as goofy as other bands who trend kid-style, like They Might Be Giants, or silly at all on this release, but he's lighthearted even when tackling serious subjects.
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Just Duquette This Time
Playful solo work from half of Cactus Highway
Portland Phoenix

The best thing about his kid-oriented work is that it's not always obviously kids' music.
As if to prove it, the title track from the kids' album is also here on This Time, a seven-song release under the name Duquette, his first solo release and first release as a frontman since Cactus Highway's Nothing Pure in 2004. Like just about everything on the album, it's got a "world" feel, with a salsa vibe and active flugelhorn from Rick Marsters. It's a fun song. And danceable. My kids like it. We listened to it over a rousing game of Memory. (I crushed them.)

"Memphis" is an interesting mix of reggae and classic rock guitar, with a chorus that's classic alt-country and a bridge full of horns from Mark Damon. As for the lyrics, they're direct: "You are my only real friend/that is the only thing I know." "YouTube" is more purely pop, especially in the chorus, and serves as cautionary tale: "They asked me if I would get on stage and move . . ." At least he can be put here in the same sentence as Jeff Tweedy, who expressed similar concerns the last time he played the State Theatre as a solo act, opening wondering if his fly was down.

Duquette's not as goofy as other bands who trend kid-style, like They Might Be Giants, or silly at all on this release, but he's lighthearted even when tackling serious subjects.

By SAM PFEIFLE



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