Richard Burgin & Chris Cefalu | The Trouble With Love

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Rock: Lo-Fi Blues: Jazzy Blues Moods: Mood: Quirky
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The Trouble With Love

by Richard Burgin & Chris Cefalu

Literate, eclectic songs; a haunting blues/jazz sensibility mixed with a DIY aesthetic and a dose of warped humor.
Genre: Rock: Lo-Fi
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1. It's Wasted
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2. Green and Blue
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3. I'm Doing Fine
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4. Lately
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5. Haven't Been to Hell in Awhile
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6. Just for the Love of You
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7. I Was So Surprised
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8. The Trouble With Love
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9. Doreen
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10. Pass It On
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11. Go East
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12. Good Old Me
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13. Wolf
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14. Ricky
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“An enlightening hybrid, Richard Burgin’s ‘The Trouble With Love’ is the rare album that ably sets one mood inside of another….It’s ambitious, but Burgin’s strength is that of pointed understatement, conferring meaning by leaving out the high-gloss drama that a lot of writers focus on and letting implication do its bit.”
-JazzTimes (August 2009)

"Burgin's best CD yet, a moody, swanky, raw collection of songs that bare their passions with the same startling candor that fans know from the artist's prose. Matching the changing moods of the lyrics are tremulous intimations of Charlie Parker, Jim Morrison, and even Stephen Sondheim, sometimes shifting within a single song. And then there is the unforgettable voice of Chris Cefalu, a husky, gravelly, remarkable voice reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's and redolent of late-night whiskey and cigarettes. "The Trouble with Love" is a beautiful and compelling album. I don't know of anything like it in contemporary popular music."
-Andrew Weinstein, noted critic and writer


“Frankly these are the freshest most surprising love songs of my generation.”
-David Shapiro, National Book Award-nominated poet and musician


“I’ve listened carefully to Richard Burgin’s skillful, melancholy and contagious songs. His songs are the real thing.”
-Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer


“Richard Burgin is a strikingly gifted song writer and composer. Certain of his songs are cries from the heart that lodge powerfully in the listener like the memory of our most heart-rending experiences.”
-Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award-winning novelist

"It’s a marriage made, if not in heaven, then certainly ‘round the back of a smoky after-hours club. Burgin’s words are an exercise in disenchantment and detachment, and Cefalu delivers the words with stark abandonment and hushed tones. Let’s just say that fans of early Tom Waits, Terry Stamp and John Howard should beat a path to it."
-Leicester Bangs Magazine


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Maya Sloan

This CD is So Damn Good
The Trouble With Love is an incredibly moving CD. The minute Cefalu delivers his first husky growl, you will be captivated. Burgin is one of those rare songwriters that successfully infuses poetry into his lyric. Gorgeous, haunting, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching songs...the kind of CD that forces you to stop whatever you are doing and just listen, transfixed, to what will come next. Think Tom Waits meets Jeff Buckley, only different...The Trouble With Love unlike anything you have heard before. Better get this CD now, so you can tell people you heard Burgin and Cefalu before everyone else discovered them.

LKH

Musically superb
"The Trouble With Love" is a musically complex collection of songs that remind one here and there of Randy Newman, Bill Evans, B.B. King. "It's Wasted" has a riveting guitar solo that sets off the haunting lyrics "I'm looking for a sea change." "Green and Blue" is a beautiful tribute to Bill Evans, rife with harmonic flourish and melancholic, ironic lyrics: "I'll change my colors for you..." as if that were possible. "Just For the Love of You" is a rollicking, bouncy tune that you could imagine Mose Allison begging to play. "Go East" revisits Evans' brilliant harmonies and haunting melody. The lyrics seem to question the worthiness of seeing the world from a different geographic point of view. Burgin and Cefalu are musical soulmates and their pairing has produced a superb CD — don't miss it!

Maya Sloan


The Trouble With Love is an incredibly moving CD. The minute Cefalu delivers his first husky growl, you will be captivated. Burgin is one of those rare songwriters that successfully infuses poetry into his lyrics. Gorgeous, haunting, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching songs...the kind of CD that forces you to stop whatever you are doing and just listen, transfixed, to what will come next. Think Tom Waits meets Jeff Buckley, only different...The Trouble With Love is unlike anything you have heard before. Better get this CD now, so you can tell people you heard Burgin and Cefalu before everyone else discovered them.

Kevin Prufer

Amazing CD
These are such complex, beautiful songs. Richard Burgin’s melodies and lyrics are lush, understated, intricate, and filled with a kind of gorgeous sadness. And Chris Cefalu’s performance of them is astonishing, his voice deep and mournful and endlessly compelling. Burgin has been composing brilliant songs for years now, but Cefalu is the first singer I’ve heard who does the work justice. This album deserves a wide, wide audience. It’s one of the best I’ve bought in years.

linda harris

Magical moments musical!
This album has beautiful harmonies, as in "Green and Blue," which pays homage to Bill Evans. It also has lovely guitar solos from Chris Cefalu, and witty lyrics and beautiful melodies from Richard Burgin. The music reeks talent and the words are fun, especially in "I'm Doin' Fine"...but what's so wrong with seeing life from a different geographical perspective ("Go East")? Anyway a fabulous musical treat.

Jane McGuffin

Songwriter, Songs For Singing Productions
Words of the caliber you would expect form a seasoned novelist blended exquisitely with musical sophistication you would expect from this child of two highly musical parents. I've got high expectations.

When you've finished listening, you will know at least half of all that's humanly possible to know about "The Trouble with Love" and you'll sing about it!