Various - Can We Get Together?

Published Thursday 19th May 2011
Various - Can We Get Together?
Various - Can We Get Together?

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 113464-18053
LABEL: CoSeismic

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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This ambitious double CD project brings together 26 acts from all over southern Arizona to make a benefit album to help those who have suffered as a result of January's Tucson shooting tragedy. With the overall theme of "togetherness" the songs here are intended to engender a sense of tolerance and community. Musically, it's a very diverse collection though acoustic singer/songwriters dominate, interspersed with tracks of big band jazz, classical (Schubert and Beethoven), pop rock and even mariachi. Some of the acts are Christians with singer/songwriter Kelli Pardi providing the title song (unfortunately a rather dull and repetitive effort). Much better are husband and wife duo Compose The Octave with the lady of the group having a fine voice. Other tracks of particular Cross Rhythms interest are by Adalberto who has an excellent, flexible voice which he uses over a light jazz arrangement on "My Every Fear"; the Tucson Girls Chorus on a much better Kelli Pardi song, "Puddles"; and Cynthia Correa, whose acoustic-driven pop "Your Heart Lives In Mine" is lifted when a full rhythm section comes in. It has to be said that some of the tracks are of little more than demo quality but with handsomely designed packaging and such a worthy cause it is easy to overlook a few damp squibs.

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