Band: David Cross
CD Title: Crossing the Tracks
Label: Cleopatra Records (2018)
Rating: A Pleasant Surprise
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the title ofDavid Cross’s new album, Crossing the Tracks has a lot to do with him delving into a few musical styles that were shall we say across the tracks. Perhaps best known for his work with Prog pioneers King Crimson as well as his prolific solo career, this album by all accounts is somewhat of a departure from his usual fare. And I have to say I really like it. I like it a lot! The inclusion of vocals on a few tracks works really well, so does the inclusion of some psychedelic classics like “White Bird” [4:41] and “For What it’s Worth” [3:04]. In fact the sheer variety of musical vibes on this disc is entrancing. Each song seems to bring something new to the musical fifty-three minute party. Naturally violin is front and centre and in that regard I’m reminded of artists like Darryl Way and Eddie Jobson as I listen to this disc. Most of the tunes are under five minutes but that sure didn’t detract from my musical enjoyment of this disc. Each of the tunes does seem to have a fair amount of musical depth lending just the right amount of weight to the compositions without over burdening them. They remain light, thoughtful and full of fascinating musical motifs. Hints of Pop, Jazz, Worldbeat, Fusion, and even Folk shower these twelve numbers with a wide range of musical embellishment. My guess is this shows a very different side of David Cross and as I say - I like it.