Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     



Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Jeffrey Foucault
Ghost Repeater

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer


CD Number: Signature Sounds SIG 1298 


  Anger, when channeled into art, can create wonderful results. Unlike most of us, whose true feelings about the Iraqi war, Hurricane Katrina, and what passes for contemporary pop culture remain bottled up, Jeffrey Foucault had the opportunity to vent his feelings on Ghost Repeater. Younger or less accomplished performers would merely create angry screed, but Foucault, with the help of producer Bo Ramsey, has cobbled together an album full of regret, hope, humor, and joy.

Even on the darkest lyrics Foucault's voice has an inviting intimacy reminiscent of other great American vocalists such as Greg Brown, John Gorka, and Lyle Lovett. Well-grounded in traditional folk music, Foucault's original tunes are melodically comfortable while his lyrics provoke images and ideas that you won't find in a usual folk tune. His best work, such as "One Part Love" invokes rich visual imagery while simultaneously streaming a beautiful melody. On "Wild Waste and Welter" Foucault displays his ability to use his country blues acoustic picking style and vocal inflections to create a haunting modern melody where the devil at the crossroads takes on a contemporary form.

Although he employs a full band, the arrangements on Ghost Repeater all have a spare acoustic quality that keeps the focus on the music's message. Producer Bo Ramsey plays electric resonator and Weissenborn guitars with Jeffrey Foucault handling all the acoustic guitar and lead vocals. Other musicians on Ghost Repeater include Rick Cicalo on bass, Steve Hayes on drums and percussion, Dave Moore on accordion, Eric Heywood on pedal steel guitar, Nate Basinger on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer, and Kris Delmhorst on backing vocals. Mostly recorded at the Mistral studios in Iowa City, Iowa, by John Svec, additional engineering was done by Lorne Entress at Busterland Studios in Glastonbury, CT, and Dirk Freymuth in Los Angeles, CA. Mixer Tom Tucker did a superb job of retaining a natural acoustic feeling while keeping Jeffrey Foucault's voice in the foreground. In the liner notes, it states that not only does Jeffrey Foucault endorse C.F. Martin guitars but also Brett Favre. I wonder if Martin is considering a Green Bay Packer special edition model.

While much of popular folk music is about resurrecting old musical forms and tunes, there's always been a place in the folk scene for modern songs and ideas. Jeffrey Foucault reminds me of a 21st century Pete Seeger who can combine contemporary internal and external issues with traditional influences. The result is both comforting and intellectually provoking, which is exactly what art is all about.




Sound Quality:



































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles
10 Questions For Manufacturers

Show Reports
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
HIGH END Munich 2023
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
AXPONA 2023 Show Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2023
CanJam Singapore 2023 Report
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2023
...More Show Reports


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


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Industry & Music News

High-End Premium Audio & Music News


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


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


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2023  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.