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Thursday, June 21, 2007

In Good We Trust

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

In Good We Trust
Label: Stony Plain
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
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Two Canadian guitarists. Four days of recording. Eleven songs. Their second collaborative effort. A very striking cover of Bruce Springsteen's (not Dwight Twilley's) 'I'm on Fire.â?� A solid tune named 'Ship of Foolsâ?� that's neither the Doors' nor Grateful Dead's. A heartfelt traditional blues ' 'Death Have Mercy.â?� Three instrumentals, 'Sisters,â?� the album's closer, being particularly moving. And a handful of new originals from each of them. Guitar students have plenty to study, since Manx and Breit play everything from National Steel to mandolin to lap slide to cigar-box guitar to instruments with weird enough names to suggest they're making them up. Manx, the lead singer, sounds like another weather-beaten bluesman in the tradition of John Stewart (the former Kingston Trio singer, not the TV host) and Greg Brown, adding a 'Honey, where did I put the razor blades?â?� touch to everything he sings.

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