scoundrel

Morel* - Queen Of The Highway as reviewed by scoundrel

December 15, 2014

Longtime Deep Dish associate Richard Morel strikes out on his own with QUEEN OF THE HIGHWAY, a house confection that combines his flair for the dramatic with a nice house beat. "Cabaret (Part 2)," after its short introduction, gets down to the nitty-gritty in a way that would make Liza Minelli proud. "Funny Car" has a nice deep bassline, and when Deep Dish get their hands on "True," it's a funky affair made stronger by its anti-homophobia lyrics. The slower "Mean Time" tells a lovely story of acceptance, as well. He also gets a chance to show off his regular singer-songwriter side too, with "Over" and "Ride," and although his voice isn't the strongest, it does add a nice contrast to the dancing elsewhere. The title track adds a hefty dose of rock swagger too, though I prefer the horns of "All of the Sweet Ones." "A World Set Free" tries a little too hard, though, but "Wake Up" manages to cover up that flaw with a dose of romance. Long live the queen.
ethan

Morel* - Queen Of The Highway as reviewed by ethan

October 13, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Talk about someone who walks a lonely road. I doubt many other people in the dance community could make songs like those on this CD, especially one such as "Mean Time". What a powerful track. Also, I think he nicked the trumpet riff from Little River Band's "Reminiscing" for "All Of The Sweet Ones" - shows off his eclecticism. BTW, "Funny Car (Love Is Dead)" is one of my all-time favorite songs, taking moodiness to another level. Rich may be the only driver on the road he travels, but I'd like to hitch a ride with him to see where he's headed. Respect is indeed due.
Electrofreaks

Morel* - Queen Of The Highway Electrofreaks

January 10, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

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