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Steven Brown \ Half Out [LTMCD 2412]

Half Out is Steven Brown's third proper solo album, recorded in 1991 for Les Disques du Crépuscule. Backed by an ensemble band including fellow Tuxedomoon members Blaine L. Reininger, Luc Van Lieshout and Ivan Georgiev, this eclectic set covers the waterfront from skewed swing (Boom Boom, In the Still of the Night), careworn confessional (Decade) and modern chamber music (Violorganni).

Tracklist:

1. Decade
2. A Quoi Ca Sert L'Amour
3. San Francisco
4. The Thrill
5. Moaning Low
6. In the Still of the Night
7. Voodoo
8. Out Of My Body
9. Violorganni
10. Boom Boom
11. Miles in Moskow
12. The Way
13. Love Yes (Ebony Mix)

Digital remaster on CD and download with 4 bonus tracks. Artwork by Patrick Roques.

Half Out [LTMCD 2412]

Reviews:

"His reeds recall the keening of John Surman or Jan Garbarek, his ravishingly simple grand piano the spaciousness of Satie. But when he plugs it in, his sequencer kicks like a burro. Brown is also a closet romantic. He has a penchant for lyrics that resemble automatic writing, and his gravity counterbalances Reininger's wackiness in Tuxedomoon. His fuck-off-and-die sublime brass/electro on Miles in Moskow, which blows both Lalo Schifrin and the Davis himself out of the water, is actually a Whitmanesque rumination on love. In fact, the entire CD (check his blowsy, cross-dressed cover of Billie Holliday's Moaning Low) seems to be an Imagist celebration of male-male romance" (The Wire, 08/2005)