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In Solitary

by Sandy McKnight

ambitious pop. heard those words in the same sentence lately? sandy takes us back to the glory days of pop, when artists didn't simply try to fill a niche. eclectic to say the least, and successful on every track.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. King of the World
3:18 $0.99
2. Charade
3:27 $0.99
3. When It's Over
3:14 $0.99
4. I'm Ready For the Truth
2:59 $0.99
5. Strangers On the Morning Train
4:38 $0.99
6. Next Stop Willoughby
3:41 $0.99
7. Crazy Quilt Heart
2:33 $0.99
8. The Things You Never Say
2:51 $0.99
9. Break My Heart
2:04 $0.99
10. In Solitary
4:10 $0.99
11. Fade Away
5:43 $0.99
12. Last Song
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
FEATURING ORIENTE LOPEZ (paul simon, afro-cuban band), DENNIS DIKEN (the smithereens) and LIV CUMMINS....

talk about your eclectic songwriters! (go ahead...) sandy mcknight covers the spectrum from a to about r with this 'in solitary' of his. think 'pet sounds' was ambitious? well, you're right. but so is 'in solitary'. maybe the most exciting piece of pop in the last 30 years.

from the striking track, 'next stop, willoughby' (which is unlike anything you've ever heard), to the rock-latin-jazz flavors of 'stranger on the morning train', to the beatle-esque pop-perfection of 'crazy quilt heart' (check out the oboe!), 'in solitary' takes more chances than any of your so-called alternative artists can ever muster, while scoring bulls-eyes with a scary consistancy.

if you are among the musically disillusioned (and who isn't these days?), 'in solitary' is a must-hear.



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Bruce Hallenbeck

A breath of fresh air!
Sandy McKnight makes a good point when, in his liner notes, he writes: "...the music scene has stumbled and stuttered, and rock has become as close to irrelevant as it ever has in its storied history." McKnight attempts to correct this situation with his new CD titled IN SOLITARY, which features 11 songs he wrote and performed, plus one cover of the old favorite, "Last Song." It's a pleasing mixture which is reminiscent of some of the folk/rock/blues albums of the early 70s. James Taylor comes to mind, although McKnight's voice really sounds much more like Joe Jackson's. Standouts on the CD include the opening cut, "King of the World," an enjoyable and poppy tune; "Charade," which features an excellent flute solo by Paul Simon session musician Oriente Lopez; and "Next Stop Willoughby," the title of which was taken from an old TWILIGHT ZONE episode about a train that took one passenger into the past. The title cut, too, is pleasant in both arrangement and execution. IN SOLITARY is evocative of a time when singer-songwriters still created harmonies and didn't just set out to top each other with the number of expletives they could put into their music. If you're looking for a good summer CD to listen to in the car or at the beach, IN SOLITARY may take you back to those halcyon days of Taylor, Neil Young and Seals and Croft. --Bruce G. Hallenbeck

Fett, Performing Songwriter Magazine

I REALLY like this!
I've listened to it several times and REALLY like his writing. He obviously knows what he's doing.
-- Fett, Performing Songwriter Magazine

Sheila Winston

the man touched my heart with his songs
the lyrics really got to me and i wasn't even breaking up with anyone! a very personal album that touched my heart.

John Holland

Session musician point of view
Having played drums on this CD on 4-5 cuts I can say that it was a pleasure. Probably the most memorable part for me was laying down tracks and hearing Audrey Terry's stand up bass in my headphones as I played. I could hear the WOOD of the bass!!! Definately a departure from what I was used to!

Pete Luboff

something fresh!
" Sandy McKnight is an intriguing classic contemporary artist. His songwriting rings true. He delivers strong, interesting messages with a unique slant. I love his voice, melodies and hooks. Outstanding production! You can listen to this CD repeatedly and hear something fresh each time.."