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Through a Glass Darkly

by Shamus Dark

Downtempo electronica meets the Great American Songbook, by way of Joy Division and Elvis Costello
Genre: Pop: Dark Wave
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1. New Dawn Fades
3:38 $0.99
2. Laura
3:38 $0.99
3. The Moon Was Yellow
3:33 $0.99
4. Almost Blue
3:10 $0.99
5. Just Friends
3:04 $0.99
6. All or Nothing at All
3:23 $0.99
7. The Night We Called It a Day
5:00 $0.99
8. Baby Blue No 2
3:07 $0.99
9. Only the Lonely
4:34 $0.99
10. Everything Happens to Me
4:18 $0.99
11. The Gal That Got Away
4:18 $0.99
12. Night and Day
3:52 $0.99
13. Smoke
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Album Notes
It's taken a long while, but at last, here's the follow up album to the critically acclaimed Songs For Suicidal Lovers. With Pete Millward once again arranging and producing, the songs are mostly from the Great American Songbook, but with a few surprises thrown in. Joy Division's 'New Dawn Fades' gets the same brooding treatment accorded to 'Atmosphere' on Suicidal Lovers. Even more down-tempo and sad is Elvis Costello's 'Almost Blue'. And the final song on the album is by Millward himself - the savage and fractured 'Smoke', with pulsating strings and backwards guitar.

In addition to the brilliant arrangements, each track features solo playing by some of the most talented musicians from the world of jazz and classical music. Jens Bunge from Germany adds scintillating harmonica to two songs; Ruth Elder's violin weaves magic around 'Laura', the title song to Otto Preminger's film noir of the same name; Rob Hughes, after completing a world tour with ABC, layed down some haunting flute to the classic Arlen/Gershwin song, ‘The Gal That Got Away’, originally written for Judy Garland for the film ‘A Star Is Born’; Adrian Sledmere, who also played on Shamus’s last album, Trouble In Paradise, adds shimmering ambient/blues guitar to three songs; Two of the soloists from Suicidal Lovers also appear; Asian guitar legend Eugene Pao plays guitar on three songs, including Joy Division’s ‘New Dawn Fades’; And last but certainly not least, New York trumpeter Michael Kurtz adds to the evocation of sadness and loss on four songs, with stunning solos on ‘The Night We Called It A Day’ and Cahn and Van Heusen’s ‘Only The Lonely’, originally written for Frank Sinatra and the title song to what is often considered his greatest album.

"Dark's vocals are smooth and measured: the added element of fragility that was noticeable on Trouble In Paradise is often apparent and adds another emotional level to his interpretations of these often melancholy and downbeat lyrics. Without exception, the instrumental solos add to the atmosphere Millward crafts with his arrangements, but special mention must go to Jens Bunge's harmonica on "The Moon Was Yellow" and Michael Kurtz' muted trumpet on "Just Friends" and "Night And Day." All in all, Through A Glass Darkly is a winning combination of well-chosen songs, sympathetic arrangements, beautifully-crafted instrumental solos and Dark's mature, wordly vocals."
Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz

Past reviews
Songs For Suicidal Lovers (CD digipak album)
" edgy but engaging experience"
Matthew Scott, Hong Kong Sunday Morning Post

"Jazz vocalist Shamus Dark is firmly entrenched into our eternal American Songbook. He's here to stay."
George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman

"it’s refreshing to hear different takes on songs so familiar"
Adam White – Asia City

Trouble In Paradise (CD digipak album)
"Trenchcoats, shades, snap-brim hats, open-necked shirts and loose black ties. Not forgetting the cigarettes and alcohol. Vocalist Shamus Dark has a strong line in film noir visuals to complement the selection of songbook classics that appears onTrouble In Paradise. It's not just the cover photos: the videos that he's created to accompany many of the songs are also rich with that '40s B-movie glamor. This is a fine collection—a left-field take on the classics that reminds us how an artist's vision can throw new light on old favorites."
Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz



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