REVIEW: City Water – 2

The so-to-speak “elusive” City Water clearly channels Walker on its noir-jazz-saturated 2, out now on Young Tobacco Records, but, though that’s a compliment, don’t rush to buy or download the thing just yet.

“In Cielo Tutto Va Bene (In Heaven Everything Is Fine)” is a divine slice of somberness for a sax, and there’s plenty of dark-alley, Badalamenti ambience to go around, but much of the disc is more overproduced than overplayed. “Vespers” is so self-serious, with grindy guitars and breathy, orgasmic wails, you wonder if it’s taking itself a little too seriously.
Verdict: it’s lush, uh-huh, but I don’t know if I like it.

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