Blood on the Backbeat
John Andrew Eddy'S album is superb, utterly superb. ....I'm very glad I sat down and gave it my undivided attention. Immediately the fine musicianship struck me; the superb music, but was also somewhat taken aback that the lyrics didn't seem to exactly fit (although they fit exactly) with the music. The music is hopeful, danceable, completely compelling and had me wanting to sing along on the choruses. But, I couldn't bring myself to say the lyrics; so dark and base they seemed. By the end of the second track, I was terrified of the composer...but, I figured I could live through hearing it all...I continued (trying to open my mind and not have so much judgment). All I can say is that the album is a fascinating journey of transformation; a well-written story of a life lived fully and encompassing many realms, some I have not visited. It created pictures in my mind of the character and his misfortunes and adventures, his relationships with others and himself. The use of several instruments and the fine use of harmony / back-up singing is utterly marvelous, so finely tuned and beautifully edited as to make one nod and say, "Yes. That was perfect. That was exactly what was needed, that was just enough to pique my interest then satisfy me fully." I am looking forward to sitting and hearing the story again, from beginning to end, with all it's rich pain and passion, and it's sensibly optimistic closing, it's generous smorgasbord of tantalizing tastes and perfectly crafted offerings. It will be an album I go back to and give my undivided attention again and again, like a really good movie or an perfect novel. Wendy Wentworth - Founder of Wendy's Second Sunday Song Circle Austin, Texas It is a work of COMPLETE GENIUS. The writing, the performances, the production - all are superb. I'm blown away. It's the best thing I've heard in a long time. "This is indeed a wonderful CD. It has a lot of thought, and a whole lot of depth to it. The music and lyrics are excellent throughout. John shows a mastery of multiple musical genres, but Blood on the Backbeat remains completely his own." On a CD with this level of production, I would normally expect to see a long list of names, but you did it ALL? That is nothing short of amazing...the coherency and the overall consistent sound really stand out. It is difficult to believe that a one-man project that covers so many years and so many changes retains such perfect focus. I am in awe. Al Evans - Singer. Songwriter, Guitarist, Austin, Texas I LISTEN TO IT OFTEN at work when I first get in: alone in the office; perfect for getting thru the first hour of lab work. Great lyrics; I'm getting more and more out of the songs the more I listen to them. You have a wonderfully eclectic repertoire: so many different genres covered. Fantastic. Timothy Sheard - Mystery Writer, Labor Activist - Brooklyn, N.Y. I REALLY LOVE IT...I had high expectations, because I know you're good, but the record transcended even my highest hopes. Held me enthralled all the way through both listenings. I think it is excellent, totally top-shelf in all regards such as musically, instrumentally, lyrically, rhythmically...keeps feeling like it's "moving" constantly even though the each song is distinct and different...constantly keeping me surprised at what came next...refreshingly original and new. Now, having made clear, I hope, that I find it "refreshingly original," I want to mention some musicians it reminds me of. Here are a few of the flavors or hints or nuances or subtle reminders I hear in your CD: A touch of Elvis Costello here and there, a hint of Richard Thompson, a smidgen of Mark Knopfler, and even a touch of Dave Alvin...and of course a huge heaping dose of your very pleasing John Eddy Sound. If you know where I'm coming from, and I think you do, you'll know that those are four artists I consider to be among the elite of the elite, and so I hope you'll take it as the high compliment it is intended to be. It's a rare treat for me to enjoy this thoroughly any new CD I buy, and for it to have been created by a guy I know and have worked with is very satisfying indeed. Fabulous record, John. Now make some more! "Hey John...just wanted to check in and tell you I am still enjoying the hell out of your record. I definitely hear a Warren Z. influence in there too...and somehow I have no problem with the darkness of the lyrics. I find it to be a kind of slightly-tongue-in-cheek darkness, and the music is so damn good that it doesn't matter anyway. Really a fine piece of work, and you should be proud and happy. Joe Millwood - Singer, Guitarist, Aromas, California.