ARTIST - DOUG LAFERLE
ALBUM - CABINET OF WONDERS
ALBUM - CABINET OF WONDERS
Genre: Alternative Rock, Industrial, Psychedelic Ambient Pop
Sounds like: Beck, Nick Cave
The Good Tripped out vibe, mysterious lyrics
The Bad Spreads itself to thin. the Mix
The Ugly Nothing to report
The Band4 out of 5
The Music4 out of 5
The Songs5 out of 5
The Vibe 4 out of 5
The Production 2 out of 5
The Verdict 4 out of 5
The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Singer/Songwriter/Composer Douglas LaFerle entitled Professor Pandemonium's Cabinet of Wonders. LaFerle comes to us from Michigan. He is one of those composers out there that is a one man band, or a single composer if you will. Simply put he's kind of like Beck, or even Trent Reznor, or Thomas Dolby with respect to the musical art form.
The band LaFerle does all compositions, sampling, singing & plays all musical instrumentation on the CD. His playing abilities are solid across the board. I would say he possesses intermediate playing abilities with advance songwriting skills. Timing seems to be spot on within the trippy Industrial, alternative rock grooves. LaFerla may not have the best voice in the world but he manages to hold his head above water & pulls it off. This format matches the trippy sometimes foreboding music perfectly. The music The music possesses a highly original, ambient-alternative rock edge. Lyrical content is a big mystery wrapped up inside an enigma - Highly entertaining to say the least. The songs All pieces strike the prefect balance between psychedelic alternative rock, with electronic & Industrial ambience. The songs themselves are clearly above average even flirt with brilliant. The vibe simply put - this CD will keep you guessing, scratching your head but highly entertained all at the same time. The songs are fascinating & captivating delivering up dark, unpredictable, melancholy & highly original music.The production The production is professional grade. The good Honorable mentions go out to LaFerle for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. LaFerle is highly creative artist & is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal, instead he is clearly being himself musically. In this world of overly corporate entertainment Doug LaFerle definitely stands out from other artists in a good way. My favorite track on the CD is "Let Monkeys Rule" The bad Not crazy about the mix. It could be better. I don't recommend artists mix their own work - as they are to close to it. Sometimes a different set of ears can bring new perspective to the project. CD also spreads itself way to thin musically. To many different styles of music, to many directions pulling at you simultaneously. The ugly Nothing to report.
The verdict Professor Pandemonium's Cabinet of Wonders is a very entertaining CD - end of subject. The songwriting - clearly above average & strongly personifies the Human condition. Like I said earlier, if your in a dark mood, this CD will only put more dark thoughts into your head. Fans of tripped out folk, Alternative Rock with s psychedelic twang will love this one. The Bottom Line If you are looking for dark & trippy music to push you even further into the abyss - look no further.
Indieshark Music Critic
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