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Sixth album by the American multi-instrumentalist.

American Greg Goldman is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing since he was a school boy, experimenting with multi track recording using cassette decks. He joined a band called Somah as the bass player, and toured the USA, sharing the stage with acts such as George Clinton and the Jerry Garcia Band. He issued his first album 'Moose' in 1998, playing all the instruments himself. Further releases were put out sporadically over the next few years, which brings us up to date.

'Cathexis', his sixth album, once again sees Goldman handling all the instruments and vocals himself, as well as all production and mixing - a solo album in the truest sense of the word. Using the approach of writing as you record, Greg has put together an eclectic collection of thirteen songs. The production work is excellent and the playing is strong. Vocals are Greg's weak point, but he knows his limitations and never overtaxes what he has, which means everything on the album is more than listenable.

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Songs range from the groovy opening of 'Whole/Part' to the more jazzy swing of 'Centre Of The Universe', all the way to the spacey 'Apropos' and the curiously effective synth led 'Faith Proposal'. The most rocking moment on the album is at the beginning of 'All', but, that quickly fades back down to the more mellow style that permeates throughout the album. There are some mis-steps, the jerking, effect laden 'Validation' did nothing for me, but I liked the funky 'Recipe For Ruin'.

After hearing the album a few times, I liked its laid back vibe, but it lacked anything of a particularly memorable nature. Goldman is clearly a talent and I have the utmost respect for those with enough ability to make a solo album alone. I do think a bit of tempo variety and a little more cohesiveness in the album's direction would improve his work dramatically however.

James Gaden

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