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Tough and Sweet

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Album Review

Albums such as these can make one wish that Coyne would choose to define himself as a folk singer, rather than a rock one. Like other of his recent albums, when he or other parties involved in the recording go for a full band sound, the results are usualy misfires. Coyne's idiosyncratic narratives aren't well-suited for heavy modern rock tracks, or fusionoid touches. He's not the Virgin Prunes, and at any rate shouldn't trying to be to lower himself to Gavin Friday's standards. As a songwriter, he remains as honest a cat as they come, but the incongruous qualities of the arrangements make these 21 songs a tough proposition to see through to completion.


Born: 27 January 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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