Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez - Why Is Bear Billowing?

There's a shiver that runs through the review section every time a new parcel arrives: a shiver that's borne from a fear that the package contains yet another earnest singer-songwriter trying to evoke the ghost of Nick Drake. Like Romero's zombie hordes they just keep coming and nothing the last remaining music reviewers can say will stop them.

Thankfully then, the Cuban-born Alvarez trades in a prettier, 60s-tinged sound on the likes of "Pinecone Eyes" that's more evocative of primetime Donovan and although Alvarez's playing doesn't have Drake's legendary strength, he wrestles some nice melodies out from his guitar that keep interest levels high. As the song titles suggest there's a pre-glam, unicorns and fairydust Marc Bolan air to the lyrics that some may find corny but never to the point of detriment.

A version of "The Owl & The Pussycat" may go too far however. It's been many a year since kaftans were last burned in anger and it'd be a shame if hippies could no longer walk the streets unmolested as a result of one song on an obscure CD.

A man with a guitar then. Pretty nice. And I mean that in a nice way.



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