Alabama boy (CD 2005)
Kishida electric & acoustic guitars, dobro & vocals
So OK, we are a little bit late about this album, but it deserves our attention. This man is not an original Southern rocker, but for some years now, he presents us some great Southern albums. Songs, he all wrote, are really great, even if the lyrics are always about men-women relationships, Kunio is a good guitar player with an interesting slide play. He gathered with him good Muscle Shoals musicians and he recorded his album there with a deep energy (How good Chuck Leavell is !). But this album is not as enthusiastic as it should be. So you guess it, theres a problem. And this problem is about the lyrics that Kunio wants to sing. He doesnt really sing bad, but his voice is not good enough to bring colours to his songs. Sometimes he is really out of key. He should have taken a real singer and only sing the choruses. Maybe with a lot of work and some tour, he could be better when he sings as we could see with Dave Hole- but now his voice is too weak on that album that however gets a good production.
this album is pleasant with its Rhythm n Blues roots played by
the guest musicians, and some songs are really great, like the dynamic
Live in Hope. Thats why the lack of a real singer
is really pity, even if Kunios work is nice. On every song he
introduces his guitars : his 1959 Les Paul Std sunburst is called Nancy,
and he rent some guitars, a 1954 Fender Stratocaster sunburst, a 1963
sunburst, a 1959 Gibson J-45, a 1967 Martin D-28 National and even a
60s Coral Sitar. He also played a 1957 Precision bass guitar. Thats
interesting for people who want to know the instruments and amps sounds.
This man is a passionate and he can play beautiful songs to our ears,
and, even the voice weakness, why dont you try to listen to his
job ? Music worth it and this man will sure become great and famous.