Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers – Levitate

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers Levitate

Written By: Jeff Markunas
(Americana/Country Editor)

Label: Verve – Rating:

A professional, highly-skilled musician has the same level of responsibility as any Professional. Doctors must swear to “do no harm.” Lawyers and Appraisers must maintain ethical standards. Even minor comic book heroes have responsibilities to humanity.

Bruce is an extremely skilled, classically-trained musician, who has been a studio ace and a touring member of the Grateful Dead… That’s the tip of the iceberg; his lengthy Wikipedia entry can barely contain his accomplishments, and the musical 
Who’s Who he’s played and recorded with. I’ve been putting off mentioning the songs/music on this album because it’s painful to trash the work of an Artist that at the very least should have known better.

Overall this album is a mishmosh (a polite, old school term for Crap). It fails all the standards that that I use to judge an album. All of the songs on this album are not equal – some are worse than others.

My main impression of Levitate is – What the Hell were they thinking?!? – Bruce tries to “Rock Out” and fails on several cuts such as “Space Is The Place.” He doesn’t seem to quite get what it takes to Rock – almost but not quite. Other cuts like “Continents Drift” do exactly that – drift along until they the fall off the edge of a flat earth. Don’t waste your time or money on this one – I’m sorry I did but sometimes you have to take one for the team.

Rock Bottom Line – Disorganized and haphazard performances that don’t do justice to the artist’s talents. As Shakespeare reportedly said –“Much Noisemaking about Nothing.”

CWG Rating – 1 Gun

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2 Responses to “Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers – Levitate”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    When you attach your ears to your mind some day, you may understand the synthesis of archetypes which prompted NY Times Jon Pareles to write, "History meets hoedowns, and modernism visits the roadhouse in Bruce Hornsby’s music, which treats Americana as the broadest possible canvas." JP continues that Hornsby new Broadway musical "will have to be pretty cosmic to match the album." Perhaps BRH's music is greater than your grasp?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Editors ResponseDear Bruce – Thank you for your comment (yes, I’m kidding).I am an unabashed fan of criticism of my criticism, just remember to spell my name right.I usually don’t read other Critics work, this insures that the opinions I offer are mine alone.A Google search for “Levitate” reveals that a majority of Critics share my primary opinion that Bruce is a skilled and talented musician, after that they diverge into damning him with faint praise and obsequious fawning . The majority conclusion seems to be that Bruce has transcended the earthly bounds of taste and common sense as well as time and space. Dude! Cosmic, Dude!My rebuttal ? Google “The Emperors’ New Clothes”, very apropos of Bruce’s naked ambition.After 45 years of studying, analyzing, writing and performing every genre of music I have learned to never exceed my grasp – in any way. In my opinion, Bruce has not.As for Broadway – I’ll use Andrew Lloyd Webber as my archetype, of whom it has been said,If his Life depended on writing a great song rather than his bank account he would have been buried and forgotten decades ago..My simple advice to Bruce? Know the difference between a pitfall and a pratfall and Break A Leg.ACE

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