Alec Berlin | Beauty, Grazing at the Trough

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Beauty, Grazing at the Trough

by Alec Berlin

Lyric-driven music that incorporates all styles of rock and roll.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Everything I Want
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2. Leave Me Alone
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3. Calling Plan
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4. I Know The Truth
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5. Crawl
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6. No One Here But Me
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7. My Baby Likes To Eat
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8. I See You
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9. Chronic
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10. Goner
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11. Losing Ground
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12. Manhattan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It is common knowledge to his fans that Alec Berlin's music knows no bounds. Having tackled Jazz with his 2000 release "Crossing Paths" and agressive improvisational rock with 2005's "Sneakin' In" (with power trio Quixotic), Alec now turns his attention to songwriting and, for the first time, singing, with "Beauty, Grazing at the Trough", an album of 12 instantly-singable rock songs that visit a stylistic palette ranging from country to hard rock to electronica. And for those fans of his earlier work, there are plenty of his trademark searing, inventive guitar solos.


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Ynoxas

Fantastic
Great work. Beautifully produced and mastered. Great fun rock tracks, and lyrics worth actually listening to. My Baby Likes to Eat and Leave Me Alone are not to be missed. Looking forward to the next disc!

Bob Silver

Beautiful lyrics and excellent guitar playing
Most of the lyrics in this album have a certain beauty about them. The guitar playing is excellent. A good album for meditation and relaxing.

p.d.m.


confession: i am not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to rock/pop music. that said, as the saying goes, "i know what i like" and this i like! with lyric that are spot-on, insightful and at times hilarious, and music of interest to the most savvy, this cd belongs in everyone's collection.

Mustafa

Excellent. It gets me thinking.
i highly recommend this cd for any musician's collection, especially guitarists. when i say this, i don't mean to imply that this music is the sort of yngwie malmsteen i'm-just-going-to-show-off (although we do get a sweet taste of berlin's talents). this record has guitar seamlessly worked into each song--something that you won't see often these days.

in addition to beautifully blended guitar parts, berlin takes on a 5/4 time signature. i'm a sucker for alternative time signatures, and berlin's work has got to be among the best.

pretty much all i'm trying to say is: "get this cd, and don't even bother taking it out of your cd player because you'll just put it back in."

D. Kasdan

Berlin Comes of Age
Track 10 - Goner - is the best candidate for a pop radio hit. This cut really makes the most of Berlin's talents.
The whole album is a balanced blend of influences that has ample space for the insertion of his masterful guitarwork. His singing is more than a little bit like Elvis Costello and works well in the grand scheme of the music.

Drew Jackson

Rock for the smart
What happens when a musician with the talent to play whatever he wants heads into the studio to play whatever he wants? In “Beauty, Grazing at the Trough,” Alec Berlin delivers a dozen diverse tracks woven together by a common thread of transcendent chops and smart lyrics. Berlin demonstrates that his guitar mojo is in full working order without overwhelming his tight compositions with a million and half notes. Listening to “I See You,” you hear a rhythm lead that is both unique and evocative of masters like Pete Townsend and Joe Walsh. Berlin is equally artful in creating songs ranging from the ethereal (“Chronic”) to the bright and melodic (“Manhattan”). In addition to masterful instrumental work, Berlin gives us well-crafted lyrics that run from hilarious to poignant and insightful, and approach Fagen and Becker of Steely Dan in their sense of irony.

If you are looking to expand your musical weltanschauung, you should add “Beauty, Grazing at the Trough” to your collection.

Eileen Turoff

Great! Fun! Fantastic!
This CD is indeed awesome. The lyrics are clever . .. with punch and pizzazz. And the delivery is great . . . short, sweet, and to the point. Laughed, listened, loved it. Hope the next CD is on its way soon. e.t.

s. driscoll

like good music? then you need to listen to this.
berlin reminds me of earlyish elvis costello but with killing guitar solos and more sophistacated production if you can believe that. these songs have obviously been honed and crafted to a level rarely heard in indy music. there is nothing gratutious here, no throwaway moments. each song just works and is damn catchy. i'm already waiting for the next one.

s. driscoll

like good music? then you need to listen to this.
berlin reminds me of earlyish elvis costello but with killing guitar solos and more sophistacated production if you can believe that. these songs have obviously been honed and crafted to a level rarely heard in indy music. there is nothing gratutious here, no throwaway moments. each song just works and is damn catchy. i'm already waiting for the next one.

J. Alexander


Concise, well-written pop songs with tons of refreshing flourishes (check out the soul-inflected horns on "Everything I Want" and the jazzy Hammond sounds on "Leave Me Alone"). Top that off with warm lyrics that show a genuine sense of humour and clear production that never feels glossy, and here you have an excellent, well-executed record that's a lot of fun to listen to.
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