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Geoff Berner - The Weeding Dance of the Widow Bride Review

by Sherrill Fulghum

The two words that come to mind after listening to this CD are very strange. This is not your parents klezmer music. Accordion player and singer Geoff Berner says that he wants to dragklezmer music into the bars nad pubs, kicking screaming all the way if necessary.

If there is any doubt about the album being rather odd after seeing the album title "Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride" and the cover art for the album a skewed picture of a landscape with an empty chair -, the opening track will alieve all doubt. Berner does not even show his face on press photos, his head is a big blue.

Klezmer music is usually reserved for weddings, dances, and other joyous occasions, but in Berner's hands the tunes take on a dark and ominous note; his lyrics are dark and tell of death and sadness.

Berner's album "Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride" is his second such attempt at his unusual style of klezmer music; the first being "Whiskey Rabbi". This is not the kind of CD for parties and joyous affairs, but it does provide an interesting view on a very old and traditional form of music.

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