Bernhard Drax | I Ate Chocolate And Lost 20 Pounds!

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I Ate Chocolate And Lost 20 Pounds!

by Bernhard Drax

Alternative Rock with a progressive bent performed by a Leonard Cohen fan, delivered with a Zappaesque mix of Chili Peppers so that Suzanne Vega would love it and Bela Bartok too.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Chair
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2. Clean
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3. Asleep At The Wheel
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4. I Will Not Desert You
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5. Truce
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6. Space Kitten
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7. Playground Politics
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8. The Bullies Prevailed!
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9. I Will Not Desert You (Refix By encym)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bernhard’s new album “I Ate Chocolate And Lost 20 Pounds!” was recorded in his son’s bedroom and mixed in the den. It follows again the pattern of surreal humor as well as romantic lyricism to comment on the American experience.

Musical influences range from the Progressive tones of 70ties King Crimson to newer bands like Cake; the dry vocal delivery is set to accessible melodies, raw sound and complex musical structures.

Apart from learning the clarinet and keeping up on the piano, Mr. Drax is involved in radio, teaching and: of course writing his next album.


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Hans Meyer

In one word: Creative Explosion
I found this record on the German web site, Calamus Records. I am always on the lookout for progressive music, and this Cd has a mixture not often found: Progressive structres AND greatr songwriting. I was stunned by the versatility of the material and its performance, which lacks all the "noodling" so often found in prog stuff. Instead, you hear lyrical, understated playing embedded in imaginative arrangements.
Highlights include the wonderful slide solo in Asleep at the Wheel. The popcorn guitar on Playground Politics is awesome. I'm a guitarist myself and love tasty stuff like that. "Politics" also has a two-voiced guitar solo that sounds as if played simultaneously, but by the same person. It's a very personal instrumental statement in an album full of very innovative music. I also loved Space Kitten - real prog.
Some of the drum sounds lack fatness, and that true "studio" sound. Maybe they weren't done "properly", but that isn't what I'm after at all. I love John Frusciante's music, for instance, which to me conveys a similar attitude.
Looking forward to Drax's next effort. I wonder if he played the guitars mentioned or if he had a studio guy for that.