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The Adventures of Crazy Frank

Kevin Coyne

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A bit of an upturn for Coyne, this is a song cycle of sorts about a troubled, alcoholic comedian whose life bears some similarity to Coyne's own experiences. It's a more low-key, unforced affair than some of his previous '90s albums. Sometimes the rough, weathered quality of his voice makes him sound like a male counterpoint to post-Broken English Marianne Faithfull; at his mellowest moments, he sounds a bit like a very debauched Van Morrison. On the whole it's one of his gentlest, most compassionate works, though not one of his more impressive.

Biography

Born: January 27, 1944 in Derby, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Many singer/songwriters have been more heralded, but few produced more good work or did so for longer than Kevin Coyne. While virtually unknown in America, Coyne released dozens of records, most of them very good, that dealt primarily with outsiders: men, women, and children arbitrarily shunted to the fringes of society, or worse, locked away and left alone. His songs could be extraordinarily compassionate and, in the blink of an eye, angry, anguished, and accusatory. Perhaps the most durable and...
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