Tuesday, December 4, 2007
No. 264: Child Is Father to the Man
Band: Blood, Sweat & Tears
Album: Child Is Father to the Man
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Al Kooper is one of the best popular musicians that most people haven't heard of. This album successfully fuses several different genres of music into a nice little psychedelic record.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: If nothing, it sounds supremely dated. I'm not in love with the songs, which are largely pop rock melodies arranged into more far-reaching tracks.
Best song: "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "I Can't Quit Her" really showcase Kooper's voice and keyboard chops.
Worst song: "House in the Country" stinks.
Is it awesome?: It's technically brilliant -- all the band members can really play -- but I can't seem to get into it.
Instead of doing 12 song haikus, "Child Is Father to the Man" gets one. Sorry, Al Kooper, you're no Bob Dylan.
Blues, classical, rock
Stick to one style, please