Home  |  Audio Reviews  Show Reports   Partner Mags News 


 

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
John Gorka
Writing in the Margins
Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

 

  Although he is not the most sensitive of singer-songwriters (David Wilcox has long ago retired that award) John Gorka still ranks as the archetypical singer-songwriter poster-boy. His songs always have a uniquely personal point of view coupled with quirky lyrics and infectious melodies. On his latest release, Writing in the Margins, Gorka continues to create top-flight music.

John Gorka's recording career began in 1987 when Red House released his first album, I Know. In 1989 Gorka signed with Windham Hill's High Street Records where he produced five recordings over the next seven years. In 1998 Gorka returned to Red House Records and released After Yesterday in 1998, The Company You Keep in 2001 and Old Futures Gone in 2003. Writing in the Margins marks Gorka's tenth release. Over the years Gorka's music hasn't changed much; is hasn't needed to. From his first album Gorka displayed a fully mature level of musical and lyrical sophistication. The music in Writing in the Margins expands Gorka's library but doesn't push the edges. I don't think this is a bad thing. John Gorka has honed his craft to the point where even his "throwaway" novelty songs have more weight and wit than serious efforts from lesser tunesmiths. My favorite of his new crop is the title track that combines strong visual imagery with a haunting melody.

Ten of the twelve songs on Writing in the Margins are new John Gorka originals. The late Stan Rogers and Townes Van Zandt wrote the two covers. The Van Zandt song "Snow Don't Fall" receives an especially poignant reading, thanks in part to Nanci Griffith's perfect accompanying vocals. Other musicians on Writing in the Margins include Dirk Freymuth on electric and acoustic guitars, Joel Sayles on bass, Jeff Victor and Tommy Barbarella on keyboards, J.T. Bates on drums, Rob Genadek on percussion, Eric Heywood and Joe Savage on pedal steel, and Nanci Griffith, Alice Peacock, Lucy Kaplansky, and Kathleen Johnson on backing vocals. Rob Genedek, who wears three hats as producer, engineer, and mixer, keeps the sound warm, inviting, and harmonically complex. Rich musical textures and full orchestrations increase the music's aural interest while never lowering its decipherability.

With his tenth release John Gorka has further established his place as one of the foremost singer-songwriters in the United States. If you appreciate music created by and for thinking adults, Writing in the Margins should be in your collection.

 

 

Enjoyment:

Sound Quality:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
Capital Audiofest 2018 Report
Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest RMAF 2018
CanJam 2018 Denver RMAF
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Partner Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel
      

 

 

       

Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2018  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.