Roumain, Daniel Bernard / Woodbox: Beats & Balladry
Album: Woodbox: Beats & Balladry   Collection:Missing
Artist: Roumain, Daniel Bernard   Added:May 2010
Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings  

Album Review
Kyle J
Reviewed 2010-11-08
Daniel Bernard Roumain - Woodbox: Beats & Balladry

Danial Bernard Roumain (DBR) combines electronica, classical violin, and hip hop into a feast for the ears. There are a number of dissonant electronic sounds used on each track that mesh seamlessly with his signature violin and some hip hop beats. I hesistate to compare it to anything because it does an excellent job of relating to a number of different roots while forging its own path. LOOSELY related to a group like Spyro Gyra, but it is significantly more experimental. It offers a number of interesting flavors, but at its heart it is a neo-jazz album. It's melancholy, but the composition of the music gives the album a life that I've never heard before.

FCC Clean

Favorite Tracks: 1 (Spaceships Over Haiti)***, 4 (Armstrong), 6 (Moonshine), 8 (JMDL)

***This track is incredible.

Track Listing
1. Spaceships Over Haiti   7. Sonata For Violin And Turntables, Part 2
2. Sonata For Violin And Turntables, Part 4   8. Jmol
3. Simone   9. Sonata For Violin And Turntables, Part 1
4. Armstong   10. The Loss
5. Sonata For Violin And Turntables, Part 6   11. Slowly Fooled
6. Moonshine   12. Our Country