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As loopy and sly as ever, Michael Hurley fills Ida Con Snock with the sort of skewed insight that has been his trademark for nearly a half-century. This freak-folk godfather’s music feels as comfortable as an easy chair with a few sharp springs jutting out of its cushions. Hurley’s thin but evocative voice — redolent of the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and hippie backyard jams — lends his tunes the air of time-honored balladry. Songs like “It Must Be Gelatine” and “Hog of the Foresaken” take roots-music modes and gives them an oddball bent. Backed by the folk-pop combo Ida, Hurley delivers his own whimsical versions of early rock (“Going Steady”), Celtic chestnuts (“Loch Lomond/Molly Malone”) and ‘40s jazz (“Ragg Mopp”) with easy-going panache. At times — especially in “I Stole the Right to Live” — his musings reveal an unexpected profundity. “Wildegeeses” stands out for its haunting melody and invocation of the primal hunger for freedom. Ida Con Snock is a beguiling addition to this perennial cult figure’s quirky canon.

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Awesome. but...

As always, Michael Hurley is special, and awesome. There many new recordings of his older songs that add great new instrumentation. My but is just that I would have liked to see more new songs on the album. Why am i the first one to review this? That's messed up.


Born: December 20, 1941 in Buck's County, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter in the subversive Greenwich Village folk scene of the late '60s and '70s, with several songs lent to the Holy Modal Rounders, Michael Hurley maintained an infrequent solo career into the '90s but was more famed for his writing credits. Born on December 20, 1941 in Pennsylvania, he migrated to Greenwich Village by the early '60s and was ready to sign a major record deal when he contracted mononucleosis; after spending several years in the hospital, Hurley returned to music and...
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