Singer/songwriter Allan Moon writes some thoughtful lyrics on this album that mixes folk and blues rock in an earthy milieu. There’s some old school acoustic rock on “Karolina” and old school electric rock on “June Ray” that both feature an earnest and convincing Moon who shines well here. He comes across luminously with some rich steel guitar from Uri Brauner Kinrot on “Sister Dapnha” and as folksy as a starry night on the back porch cozy Oh Michael” and the Delta toned “Brainwashed.” Some honky tonk will have you howling at the crescent night air on “Kelly” while you’ll feel a stark and dark night on “Bodyless.” All of the songs have thoughtful and ruminative messages, yet clothed in basic American gear. Intriguing.
Moon’s latest album is a lesson in eclecticism. It’s not terribly uncommon for an artist to have several different genres represented in an album between all of the tracks, but it’s entirely another thing to have several genres represented at once….The album starts off with some interesting lyrics about angels, devils, and god, and the tone is set. I actually started the track over again to make sure I’d heard what I thought I’d heard.bMoon and his back up band crafted the most multiple personality disorder album that anyone could ever do. The listener is kept guessing from the opening chords to the closing strains. Between clear, ringing acoustic guitar and emotional vocals, we find fuzzy electric guitar with tone to kill for, choral backup vocals that hold on for weeks, devils’ trumpets and angels’ trombones. At no point does this album ever revert to well worn techniques or mediocrity. It’s truly a masterpiece from start to finish.
The Ry Cooder of the Galilee
Allan Moon has traversed nearly as many countries of residence as he has genres of music in his album, Children of the Call. His eclectically inspired tracks are reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s mix of Americana roots music and collaboration with traditional musicians from many other countries. Like Cooder, Moon has brought his experiences from Canada and The States to his overseas friends to express his complex relationship with the places he’s lived. For Children of the Call, Moon has collaborated with Israel’s top indie musicians, including Kutiman, members of Balkan Beat Box, and Boom Pam. Essentially, this album is a trip.