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Kitchen Radio

Peter Mulvey

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Album Review

After taking a break from the burden of songwriting with 2003's Ten Thousand Mornings, Peter Mulvey returns in 2004 with Kitchen Radio, an album filled with new compositions. As with Eliza Gilkyson's recent release, Land of Milk and Honey, Mulvey has serious things on his mind but he's not about to spell them out in any obvious way. In "29 Cent Head," it's evident that all isn't well in the land of the free, home of the brave. But even while certain problems are stated — all elections are the same, priests are perverts, and no one cares — the song's setup and elliptical images are too artful to reveal its overall purpose ("...When you look behind the curtain to where the puppetmaster sat/There's just an empty chair/And the strings are lying flat"). Mulvey takes an equally oblique approach to songs about relationships. "Falling" seems to be about a guy meeting a girl who is able to break down his defenses, despite his demons that tell him to hold back. But the story is sketched so vaguely, it's really hard to tell who's doing what for whom. Depending on one's point of view, this method of writing is either more poetic than the typical protest and love song, or frustratingly obscure. Even the listener wishing for greater clarity will nonetheless appreciate the simple arrangements and clean production of Kitchen Radio, highlighted by acoustic and electric guitars and vacillating between tasteful folk and rock. Kitchen Radio is a well-wrought effort with a nicely honed sound that will please anyone who enjoys thoughtful songwriting. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

great cd ,want a live cd

I had neve heard of Peter Mulvey and happened to catch him opening for Chris Smither in a great small venue in Kentucky. WOW this guys live preformance is amazing! I like the cd too but I am glad I could download some of his live songs here. Hopefully he'll release a live cd soon, Allen


Born: Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Urban art-folksier Peter Mulvey has lived an artist's life since adolescence — he was a college theater major, spent time busking in Dublin, Ireland, and founded the Milwaukee band Big Sky, all before his early twenties. But his professional music career didn't really begin until 1991, when was fired from a job at a Kinko's Copiers in Boston. Flat broke and in need of immediate cash to entertain his visiting brother, Mulvey starting playing his guitar in the subway. He supported himself that...
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