This record is made up of two distinct sides - Mad Forms uses good time music to tell stories of struggle and hope. Twisted Poses is more reflective, soulful and speaks of commitment to ideas held dear. It makes up a sound he calls Americana Soul.
"Showcasing R. Scott’s deep, grizzly voice sing-songing over string and horn sections, Mad Forms peaks with “Stumblin’ (In the Dark)” a bluesy, boozy jaunt through the New Orleans soundscape that would perhaps be best paired with some freshly squeezed spiked lemonade. It’s followed by its sister-song, the slower, ever so slightly more sober “Goin’ South” (dig the piano and horn breakdown at 1:40).
Standing out on Twisted Poses, “When Sound Had Feel,” sends you toward the album’s close with its simple lyrics and instrumentation, a fantastically quiet reverie about louder times (“When sound had feel/the lions roared/It shook us all awake.”) In this instance, it’s good the lions are still dreaming." - Ellen Griley/The District Weekly
"Scott’s latest solo disc, Mad Forms & Twisted Poses, is a perfectly crafted blend of New Orleans jazz, soul and cabaret, and it’s likely even more of a joy to experience live....The keyboardist provides an all-inclusive, American sound at times reminiscent of Brian Wilson’s Smile....From the opening notes of the Cajun-seasoned “The Battle Wage” to the sober melody of closer “Away,” Scott’s weathered voice transports listeners to every whiskey-stained, smoke-laden stage he has ever set his instrument on. " - Ryan Ritchie/OC Weekly
|POSTED BY: momof5pacs||POSTED ON: 13 Jan 2010 06:59 PM|
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 05 Nov 2009 11:08 PM|
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|POSTED BY: R Scott||POSTED ON: 05 Nov 2009 02:29 PM|
Tune in to KUCI 88.9 FM or www.kuci.org Monday 11/9.I'll be in studio talking about my current release Mad Forms & Twisted Poses. Maybe playing some tunes too. The show airs 1 - 4 pm. I'll be wandering in about 1:30 pm.
|POSTED BY: momof5pacs||POSTED ON: 25 Oct 2009 04:47 PM|
"Mad Forms & Twisted Poses," by R. Scott, is a sensationally-made Rock/Americana CD. The beginning of the album has more upbeat, honky-tonk rhythms while, toward the end, the vocalist's New Orleans Blues influences are showcased. With many of the tracks performed using only a solo piano to back the vocalist's broad range, the effect is pure and natural, giving the CD a real sense of intimacy between the lyrics, the music, and the listener. The encouraging, "(Ev’rythin'll) Work Out Fine," employs serious piano talent while the vocals are gritty and piercing with the steady tempo of a hit and snare. The aptly named, "Somber Season," tells the story of expectation, loss, and hope in a pleasant and refreshing change to the toe-tappers that precede it; and, although it's slow, it showcases those rich, attention-getting vocals. All in all, this CD is recommended to all Blues/Bluegrass fans, and even those of singers like Randy Newman. It's full, unique, and thoroughly enjoyable.
-Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 10 Oct 2009 03:52 PM|
R. Scott: Mad Forms & Twisted Poses