The giving and taking of advice is dangerous business. But advice is everywhere. In the storm, in the nursery rhyme, in the dog’s eye. It is particularly unsavoury when uninvited, but then galleries are full of uninvited expression so it’s usually better out than in. Everything preaches. All of life sings. Eat the chicken, spit out the bones, just don’t stop listening.
Some years ago I wrote a little book called The Wordman of Alcatraz. For a brief period it was my life's work. Then I wrote some more things. Anyway, it was never published. I got tired of trying so I spoke it into being.
NEW SPOKEN WORD ALBUM SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
Described as notes on solitary refinement, The Wordman Of Alcatraz is dense with hard-won lyrical wisdom and lots of advice you didn’t ask for.
In this album, Mr Bennett plays the lyrical fugitive who has served his time as a musical wanderer. An itinerant iconoclast released as it were from a prison of adventure, carrying with him into a new daylight nothing but the distilled chapters of a lifetime of observation and experience. The words that are spoken in the eight tracks that make up this album were taken from a suitcase full of little spiral bound notebooks, the kind Bennett was rarely seen without. That’s a lot of scribbles on planes, trains and automobiles. Sleeping in lobbies and on stages after performing.
"Canada's MR Bennett, a Burroughs/Cohen voice for our times & an albums-worth of awesome" Robbie (Bandcamp Staff Picks)
"Mr Bennett...gotta listen...this guy is...uh...wow...how can you describe him...unique...cool...amazing...prophetic...talented...I'm diggin"
(Drew Marshall Joy Radio Toronto)
"The Wordman Of Alcatraz leaves me speechless"
(Melissa Masser Avenue A Records NYC)
"I am so addicted to the new album...this is gold and I want more. Thank you for the premium tracks! "
(Dan Ka Minnesota)
released 07 November 2012
Written, recorded, mixed, performed and produced by MRB.
Mastered by James Paul @ The Rogue Studio Toronto.
JD Roth (jdroth.ch
) - Loops/bass - The Protest is Over
Simon Wilkinson (The Bluemask.com)
- Music - Alcatraz / Dojo
Marion Hill - Piano - Old / It's Not Your Fault