ALBUM REVIEW: Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen – After The Flood

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Rating8Inspired by the dramatic stories of the 100,000 men who travelled from across Europe after the war to work on the Snowy Scheme, Mikelangelo and his band of accomplices mix humour, Weimar cabaret, Gypsy music, dark folk and jazz on this intriguing album. There are clear nods to the theatrical side of Tom Waits, the exotic flavours of C.W. Stoneking and the drunken, swaying shanties of The Pogues yet they’ve created their own singular sound around this concept album. The music is melodically rich, the playing evocative and the subject matter both local and universal in nature. Mikelangelo has led his gentlemen down a fine and entertaining path on After The Flood.

Chris Familton

 

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