Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
2. This is not my home
8. Fight of the night
9. Listen to the radio
10. Killing ace
11. No medecine
Produced by Staf Verbeeck
All songs by Ilse Goovaert (Manta Ray Publishing) except 9. : Robinson/Gabriel
- Ilse Goovaerts (vocals, guitars)
- Roland Van Campenhout (guitars, bells)
- "Lange Polle" Van Bruystegem (guitars)
- Bart Meeus (drums, percussion)
- Bart De Nolf (bass)
- Bieke Segaert (backing vocals)
an ad in the paper today, saying : "Teek goes nuts. This month a free
cd of folkwonder neeka with Teek !!!". Well, Teek isn't exactly a
novice to the game of excessive adjectives, but apparently this Neeka is a "folkwonder"
then. Folkmusic is in very high esteem at the moment over here and cd's of women-folkies
(see Laïs) sell like UCK-badges in a refugee
camp. So being a folkwonder could be a good thing. Alas, it's not.
Personally, I think this debut of Neeka is about as "folk" as cricket
is exciting. She doesn't even wear woolen socks, but plays guitar on her bare
feet. This is a singer-songwriter navigating between the lines that diamond ladies
such as BJ Scott, Ricky Lee Jones, Kirstin Hersh
an mainly Joni Mitchell have drawn for her.
Unfortunately, also the "wonder" part doesn't really fit her. In fairness
we have to face the fact that Ilse Goovaerts never climbs to the level of the
mentioned examples. This is not so much due to her singing (very beautiful in
the quiet parts, a bit overly tense in the loud bits) or the production &
band (a lot of class in there), but mainly due to the songs which are a bit mediocre.
The knife rarely cuts deep, rarely does emotion strike hard. The main exception
for me is the clever "This is not my home"
and also "The Gardener",
and the firm-rocking "Fight of the night"
and "Killing Ace"
surpass the average.
So, it's not a folk-wonder. Neeka-boo. But, considering this is a debut, this
looks like a very good acquisition for the Belgian rockscene.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This Album in the Press
- Weekend-Knack, 4/17/99, "Although this may sound like a contradiction,
Neeka is at her most strong when she appears to be most fragile. If you peel away
the layer of rock, you get a rhythm and phrasing à la Joni Mitchell. Hopefully
she'll get the time to grow."
- Bart Steenhaut in Metro (De Morgen) "A female singer-songwriter, indeed,
but not a wallflower. Because from time to time the guitars, played by among others
Roland, get the chance to go wild. A nice voice, sound songs ... There's eh ...
music to this."
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
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