Kyf Brewer - 1998 Salvador Deli

edited March 23 in year-1998

ARTIST: Kyf Brewer
ALBUM: Salvador Deli
LABEL: Ryf Records
YEAR: 1998

LINEUP: Kyf - rhythm gits, all drums, piano, mouth harp, the great highland bagpipes.. oh, and I sang the bastard * Jumpin' Dave Woodworth - electric lead gits, mandolin, pedal steel and little plastic animals strewn about the studio which helped considerably.. thank you * David Bell - additional electric gits, harmonies, professional wine tasting * John Conte - electric and upright bass * Robert E Lee Townsend - live bass, party jokes * Mindy Jostyn - fiddle and accordion * Chase Morrison - cello * Britt Savage - chick singer * Keith Swanson - bagpipes, bottles, live bass, tya-ha-ha, letters from Santa

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nothing To Do With Being In Love * 02 Everything She Says * 03 Take 'Y Shoes Off * 04 Salvador Deli * 05 Mother Of Jocelyn * 06 Sweethearts Of The Radio * 07 Trouble With Angels * 08 Bonnie Can Wait * 09 Splattered All Over The Highway * 10 Spellbound * 11 Open * 12 Donnie Scot



I think Kyf Brewer is someone who's all too often overlooked. Yeah, sure, a lot of people know the first Company of Wolves CD, but to be fair, the man's solo outings have never had the recognition they deserve. 'Salvador Deli', the second of Kyf's solo albums screams for attention - to my ears, this is great fine weather, in-car music.

The Songs

'Nothing To Do With Love' has echoes of one of Kyf's better-known compositions, 'Beautiful Thing', and is a more than fine way to kick things off.

However, it's track two, 'Everything She Says' which really hits the spot. Screaming out for radio play, this has to be the great hit single which never was. It comes across like Martin's Dam with a Rembrandts chorus, with its great blend of acoustic/electric with mandolin adding colour.

'Sweethearts Of The Radio' I think must be a pun on The Byrds album title 'Sweetheart Of The Rodeo', especially as it features a Roger McGuinn-esque guitar sound.

'Trouble With Angels' definitely recalls 'Big Daddy' era John Mellencamp and played in the right surroundings could be a contender for best song on the album.

'Splattered Across The Highway' explores Kyf's love of three chord Rolling Stones inspired rock. Normally, I'd love this (like some of the stuff from 'Steryl Spycase', the second Company of Wolves CD), but it sounds a little out of place here set against this albums more pastel shades.

'Spellbound' and 'Open' are reminiscent of the major label works of The Replacements and especially the solo releases by their frontman Paul Westerberg. If you ask me, that's never a bad thing.

In Summary

As a whole, 'Salvador Deli' could never be described as polished or perfect, but then it doesn't pretend to be. It has flaws and it's those flaws which make it so good. It feels 'real', you can't fake stuff like this. It's got the same kind of heart as Paul Westerberg's '14 Songs' and Neil Young's 'Zuma'. If you like your stuff with a retro feel and cooked medium-rare, check out 'Salvador Deli', but you'll have to ask Kyf about the opening hours.

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