It's Only Fool's Gold

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Broken Radio - It's Only Fool's Gold

Broken Radio
Hausmusik, hm 78, 2013
clickity-clack, cc-03, 2013

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All Songs written by Klaus Patzak
except "El Dorado" by Whitey Ray Huitt
recorded and produced by Klaus Patzak

A heavy dose of pedal steel, reverby guitars and Hammond organ, occasional string arrangements and and loads of electronic effects are the basic ingredients that make up Broken Radio’s complex and eclectic sound. Klaus Patzak plays all the instruments and all the computers, which he considers to be instruments in their own right. Samples, loops and all sorts of sounds are processed into distinct and sometimes unconventional arrangements.

His songwriting is deeply influenced by American songwriters from the 60s until today. The eleven originals on “It's Only Fool's Gold” are rounded off by a cover of "El Dorado" - a tribute to Klaus’ late friend, Texan singer-songwriter Whitey Ray Huitt. This wonderful tune would make the perfect soundtrack for a road trip from the Bavarian Alps down to the Mexican border.

But it’s hard to highlight individual songs of the album. From the first track on the listener dives deeper and deeper into the diverse soundscapes of Broken Radio. "Wall of country sound" you might say, great widescreen cinema - not just in "Western Movies". "Darling You Killed Me (For The Rest Of My Life)" is a 60s style country song, reminiscent of old Patsy Cline tunes. "Lost In The Sands Of Time" is a haunting blues that comes with all sorts of electronic gadgetry and fat, in your face guitar. The catchy chorus of "The Place That I Call Home" with its brass arrangements will keep sticking in your head. So does “Lay Your Guns Down”, a groovy song about longtime relationships - perhaps the most uncommon track of the album.

The last song "Redemption Train" is a sensitive salute to Klaus' late friend and bandmate Thomas Ganshorn. It is not the showdown finale as one might expect, but a quiet farewell. Broken Radio strikes the right note again.


"...this record is somewhere between Neil Young and Nick Cave; it's got Crazy Horse guitars and Young harmonica and the shivery bass vocals and I-might-kill-you-in-your-sleep-but-I-swear-I-love-you inflection of Nick Cave."
- Brand New Kind Of Photography -

"... die Songs auf dem Album haben fast alle eine eher düstere Grundstimmung, die aber bestens zu jedem Western oder Road Movie passen würden und sich gegenüber vergleichbaren US amerikanischen Produktionen durchaus nicht zu verstecken brauchen. Mit lakonischem Gesang in Südstaatenmanier entführt uns Patzak in seinen musikalischen Westen. Aber auch zu einem Roadmovie in der bayerischen Provinz würden die Songs von BrokenRadio wohl einen ausgezeichneten Soundtrack abgeben."
- Deutschlandradio Kultur -

"...ein Meisterwerk – gereift, mit Seele komponiert, mit viel Sorgfalt und Tiefe arrangiert....“Wall of country sound” könnte man sagen, großes Breitwandkino eben...Taucht ein in die Musik, die aus einem Tarantino-Film stammen könnte."
- Flatline -

"...ein wenig viel Knödel an den Bohnen ★★★"
- Musterkoffer / Karl Bruckmeier -

"Unglaublich, dass dies das Werk einer einzelnen Person sein soll, die auch vor dem Einsatz dezenter Elektronik nicht zurück schreckt. Die ruhige, tiefe Stimme erzählt von Leben(skampf) in dieser “big old crazy world”, von Heimat, (vergangener) Liebe und der Suche nach Glück und so...Und irgendwie macht es auch nichts, dass der kürzeste dieser 12 Song schon über vier Minuten lang ist. Denn der Klang ist so angenehm ausgefeilt, dass man gerne darin schwelgt. Großes Kino!"
- mr. boredom's all mixed up -

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