Album Review: Sophisticated Kink by Gene-Manuel

Album Name: Sophisticated Kink
Artist: Gene-Manuel
Year/Label: 2006 / hey Have The Power To Hurt Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Gene-Manuel is an odd, but persuasive new voice. His debut begins with the downright funky and catchy title track.

“Countless Crowds” is a song that exposes the singer’s strong voice. It’s a haunting almost-ballad with a soulful slant.

“8(Different Ways)” is a blue-tinted song resting on a simple melody. Gene-Manuel’s vocal is gorgeously pleading and guest Regina’s passages are striking.

“Forgotten” has a touch of gospel at the beginning, but soon turns into glam rock. It’s further proof that Gene-Manuel is hard to pinpoint musically. He uses a host of influences and makes them his own.

The closing track is a cover of Kate Bush’s b-side “Under The Ivy” done in an impressive fashion.

Gene-Manuel’s made a record with something for nearly everyone.

Posted on April 25, 2006


Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Sophisticated Kink is an amazing and interesting debut from singer/songwriter Gene-Manuel. Every song is unique and varied yet complimentary to each other. It is a refreshing change from the hundreds of fabricated pop cd’s out there right now, that all sound the same, and all sound souless. If you like art with your music, this one’s for you.
name: John Petrowski on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: This song has not left my CD player since I bought it. While I love all the songs, Under The Ivy and Perfectly Still, Violently Searching are, far and wide, the best ones. If you don’t own this CD, you are missing out on some pretty damn fantastic music!
name: Lidia on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Sophisticated Kink
2. Countless Crowds
3. Gently
4. Flicker
5. 8 [Different Ways] (featuring Regina Orue)
6. Reminded
7. Forgotten (featuring Nikki E. Walker, John Centurri & Nathan Geh
8. Perfectly Still, Violently Searching
9. C’Mon [Fully Loaded]
10. Something I’ve Always Wanted
11. Under The Ivy [Bonus Track]

[Gene-Manuel Official Site]


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