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David Berkeley is a majorly talented artist who has yet to capture the mass audience he deserves. His songwriting is without peer. The amount of emotion, pathos and insight are quite stunning. His voice prefers the lower registers but can also fly towards the sun. Some Kind of Cure is Berkeley’s fourth studio album and it works with enviable textures. It’s within the horns that gently surround “Parachute” as its gait gears up and down like a car weaving through traffic in order to find a straightaway. Whispers turn to a cruise. There’s a touch of rustic Americana in the mandolins and the harmonies belong around a fire. In truth, the album reflects Berkeley’s time with his young and growing family while living in the tiny village of Corsica. “George Square,” “Steel Mill” and “Marie” have a timeless feel to their deep, earthly charms. The album empathizes with the downtrodden but goes in search of the light. “Hope for Better Days” strikes up the band, while “Homesick” bears the weight with careful restraint.

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Some Kind of Fabulous

DB has poured his poetry and passions into these songs. They range from catchy (George Square, Parachute) to heart catching (Some Kind of Cure, Winter Winds), from plaintive (Homesick, Soldier's Song) to stirring (Hope for Better Days). Long-time fans will be thrilled; newcomers will wonder why how they have missed this oh-so-talented singer-songwriter.


Without a doubt these are some of David's finest songs. A real vanguard among otherwise like-minded singer-songwriters, David 1) funded this album entirely by fan donations, 2) spent much of 2010 returning the love with original songs and intimate living-room concerts, and 3) wrote “140 Goats and a Guitar: The Stories Behind Some Kind of Cure” so that interested fans outside the 40-person French island-town of Corsica, where most of the songs were written, could get a better feel for where the music came from. I really can’t think of another artist who had a more dedicated year to his music.

David's SKOC live performances also deserve 5 stars. Jordan Katz on trumpet and banjo, Bill Titus - an excellent pickup - on guitar. Even the songs I'm not as fond of on this album - like Parachute, I'm sorry to admit - I've grown to love when stripped down and slowed down. You can just sink deeper into the lyrics that way. Here’s to hoping that the raw sounds David, Bill and Jordan are making on stage eventually find their way into a live album.

Must Have...........(from a Zep. fan)

Wow, I am a music freak and have never heard of this guy...but I just did and LOVE it. It doesn't matter what you are going through in your life, whether it is an up or down time, DB will find a way to resonate your deepest feelings and validate your soul.
Seriously, If you even kinda like one song, just buy it will not regret it.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter David Berkeley channels the earthy spirit of Donovan, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith with his fusion of finger-plucked guitar ballads and tastefully arranged pop/rock. After setting up shop in Brooklyn, Berkeley made his proper debut in 2002 with The Confluence, followed by a string of releases that highlighted his tenor vocals and nuanced, autumnal songwriting. Outlets such as KCRW and Rolling Stone championed...
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