The Hidden Hand Review: Genius Babble

Pete Kent – The Hidden Hand – Album Review

Genius Babble: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Written By Tom Coombs

There is nothing more beautiful to behold than a perfectly played guitar.  I am not talking rock chords here, I am talking classical or the way the guitar should be played.  With this in mind I would like to introduce you to Pete Kent and his second album ‘The Hidden Hand’.

Pete Kent from Wolverhampton is a finger-style instrumentalist who is at the top of his game and is the ultimate in one man musical genius and skill.  It seems that I am gushing but just wait until you hear the music, doing all percussion himself along with the guitar in what are amazing compositions.

Following on from début album ‘The Sands of Time’ Pete Kent is bringing you more of the same energy that you wouldn't expect from an instrument only eleven track album.  Most of the songs are his own but he also has three covers, consisting of ‘everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac, ‘The Way It Is’ by Bruce Hornsby & The Range and Level 42’s ‘Hot Water’ which really shows the mix of music within Pete Kent’s repertoire.

There is something relaxing but energetic with the sounds of an acoustic guitar only, and the riffs from top to bottom just keep you glued.

From the upbeat songs like ‘Icon’ to the soulful slow songs like ‘When The Lights Go Down’ the sound is mesmerising and beautiful to hear.

5 Stars – Once you hear the skill and energy in the music you will have to own it

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54-40 Smilin' Buddha Cabaret

Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret Review: Eye Music Magazine – Revolver Records


Eye Music Magazine April 28 1994

Written By Jason Anderson

Blame Your Parents is probably the finest dumb rock song not by the Amboy Dukes to include the phrases "existential vacuum" and "super-ego suckling genocide." Quite an achievement, really, especially as the first song on a band's sixth album. By album No. 6 the options are usually limited to a double-live album or something involving CD-interactive technology and pornography. 54-40 have never been that predictable.

Maybe the only surviving outfit from Vancouver's post-punk days (most bands were hunted down for food by enraged West Vancouverites), at their best they matched punk energy with intelligence, loud guitars and just enough "whoa-whoa" lyrics to fill hockey arenas. Travelling the usually troubled route through the Canadian music industry, by 1990 they were in major-label limbo, having produced a few great albums (Set The Fire, 54-40, Show Me) and one not-so-great (Fight For Love). 1992's Dear Dear, a solid, high-quality Canadian Rawk Album, put them back in the game with "Nice To Luv You," "She La" and a vaguely prog-rock, Old Skool AOR vibe. But it's successor is something else- Smilin' Buddha Cabaret is pure looney toons.

Not to say that they've lacked a sense of humour until now (although on their recorded works, you could). But the weight of the world has slipped off Neil Osborne's shoulders, the occasionally beleaguered metaphors put in storage and he and his boys are ready to kick some ass, Sherlock.

From the right-side-of-sloppy "Blame Your Parents," to the pissed-off-at-something "Assoholic," to the crunchy extravaganze of "Lucy," "Beyond The Outsider" and "Don't Listen To That" (making Smilin' Buddha Cabaret the first rock album I've heard this year that doesn't die in the middle), the blessed sound of crashing guitars dominates, the band tight as a duck's butt (bear with me). Smart and stupid, they've never sounded this much fun, this eager to "help you breeze through the blank generation and the moral whores." All the while, crazed production, fucked-up vocals, even mock-techno keep up the pivotal entertainment value.

But by the time of the funny-sweet-sad "Friends End," nothing will have prepared you for Smilin' Buddha's deranged "What Buddy Was" and it's cunning use of the kind of groove made famous by white British guys in rock bands circa 1983- OK, so maybe they're not Ween, but as experiments go, it works, with Osborne's voice going all weird and the guitars squealing like stuck pigs. It encapsulates the album's spontaneity- from a band that has occasionally vacationed in the Land of Plod, this is the stuff of divine intervention. Next to this, the closer, "Save Yourself," seems suitably heroic.

54-40 were a band I thought I'd figured out, but Smilin' Buddha Cabaret opens a whole new bag of tricks. Enjoy.

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Bruce Cockburn Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws

Dancing In The Dragon’s Jaws (1979)

Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws

Bruce Cockburn Dancing In The Dragon's JawsREV127


A somewhat folksier affair than some of Cockburn’s other efforts, Dancing In The Dragon’s Jaws shows Cockburn’s softer side. Expect acoustic guitars to outplay their electric counterparts on this effort, with the overall feel warmer and less combative than his other work. That’s not to say that Cockburn isn’t still as politically charged as ever. With this effort he continues to rally against the wrongs of the world, just this time, he’s staging a more peaceful protest. A perfect album for a relaxing summer’s evening.

For fans of: Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner

Track Listing:Revolver (classic logo) - TEXT ONLY (large)

  1. Creation Dream
  2. Hills Of Morning
  3. Badlands Flashback
  4. Northern Lights
  5. After The Rain
  6. Wondering Where The Lions Are
  7. Incandescent Blue
  8. No Footprints