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Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers – Levitate

September 22, 2009
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