As a special New Year’s treat, here’s a preview of my Top Ten Favorite CDs of the year, to be elaborated on in my upcoming 2005 Year End Rewind! Enjoy!
1. Crash Kelly, Penny Pills (Liquor & Poker)
When I got the advance of this album last winter, I predicted that Penny Pills would be my favorite CD of the year 2006 and, no surprise here, I was right. Embracing a full-on 70s sensibility of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and T Rex at its most glam, Penny Pills is the only drug you need.
The great thing about Gail is that from the moment I picked up the phone and our conversation began, I felt completely comfortable. She’s a few rungs above the endless rabble of people that fire off mundane questions like they were trying get a confession out of someone. In fact, the experience was very much in the vein of casual conversation you would engage in after dinner or by a fire or at a bar; just two music lovers having a conversation about music. Because that trust is established, her interviews are always insightful. You come away having learned something and having gained a little more appreciation for what makes us all different musicians.