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Dave Stewart: The Ringmaster General

Last Updated 9/29/2012 1:26:12 PM

By: Tommy Bellwether

Dave Stewart The Ringmaster General (Surf Dog) Dave Stewart

The Ringmaster General

(Surf Dog)

Dave Stewart knows how to make records.  He also knows how to create tracks that women can rock the shite out of.  But does Dave Stewart have enough of his own vision to make an LP that is actually necessary?  Hmmm...  I don't think so.  He is not much of a singer, and what he lacks in firepower, unfortunately, he doesn't make up in force of personality.  The cause is not helped by the fact that he surrounded himself with all these on-fire women singers.  The song "A Different Man Now" hints at what the The Ringmaster General could have sounded like, if not for all the distraction generated by having the first four out of five tracks featuring powerhouse distaff vocalists.  And it's hard to shake the feeling that as one of the finest producers/music biz heavies, he lands in Nashville and everybody says "hey, I'll join the party."  I'd have Stewart produce my record any day of the week and the Sunday too, but making excellently arranged and recorded records is crucial, but at the end of the day, it is not an artistic raison d'être. 

Please call Annie Lenox and get her out of the house; you’re both still excellent, and it would be fun to hear what mischief you two could get in to, but The Ringmaster General is a one-time listen.  Just not essential at all.  I'm sure that you had fun, but no soup for you.

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