A NoHo Arts music review of Stevie Cornell’s “Stevie Cornell” album release.
Stevie Cornell is a Californian musician who began his musical life as an artist in the East Bay punk scene in the 70s with the band The Young Adults – some of the band’s former members went on to form The Dead Kennedys and Wire Train. The 80s continued and Stevie was a founding member of the critically acclaimed San Fransisco Americana band, Movie Stars. Then came a tour with John Welsey Harding, Red Meat and a few decades of family bliss in Vermont. And now he’s back and ready to invent himself again with his new version, the aptly named “Stevie Cornell”.
The album is a bit of a surprise given his eclectic punk background. Each song a little different from each other, it’s like a musical traveler who sends postcards. The songs are gorgeous, pretty, haunting, catchy, fun, deeply personal, immersing the listener in the life of this man and his questions about his life and the world around him.
It’s beautifully produced, poignant in places, moving in others, romantic and sad. Everything a musician’s heart is, but not at all sappy, not a minute. Just honest and sweet and sincere and very very good. So an old punk comes full circle from touring tough to family man and back again to thoughtful, story-telling, philosophical songwriter about a life well lived, though far from over.
Superb production, open and spacious and giving every note and word all the space it needs to mean something. I love this disc. And we all need hope, light and peace, and that’s what I felt listening to these lovely, interesting and beautifully written songs.
Listen to the first single “Turn Around” before the release of the album.
Label: Sonoma-Sonic Records (artist-run label)
Names of Musicians/Instruments: Stevie Cornell
Producer Name(s): Stevie Cornell
Official site: https://steviecornell.com
Artist contact email: email@example.com