Album Review

Jackson, Ken – “My Magazine” – [Golden Slipper Records]

Naysayer   2/23/2016   A Library, CD

Knees are wobbly. Ears are burning. Head is full of rhyming word families to the point of obsession. Such is what may happen if you find just the right Outsider artist musician who hits it out of the ballpark. This is Ken Jackson. Kanye, you suck. Listen to the new king of poetic wordplay. Ken, with just his guitar(s) (he has three judging by the photos), has a strong liking for A, A, A, A, A, A, A rhyme pattern. Not always, but often enough to make it stick in your cranium. Forever. As an example, let’s talk about the song “Celebration”: carnation, plantation, dictation, inflation, celebration. These five words are all used in lyrics in the first seven seconds of this song. And it is around three minutes long! And just about each line ends in an “ation” word. WOW! Songs are sort of about their titles with diversions, because, you know, the songs gotta rhyme and sometimes that takes you into different places. The tunes strummed for each song have a familiarity to the last song and the next song because, well, if you’ve got a good tune, why mess it up. Stick to it. Ken’s voice adds to the beauty of this album. A bit monotone, not always hitting the mark, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, but definitely believing in what he is singing. Thank goodness folks are making stuff like this. It puts everything else in focus and balance.

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