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Soap and Water

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Freckle Song
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Would You Love Me?
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Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You)
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Soap And Water
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Small-Town Girl
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A Woman's Voice
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Let's Something Wrong
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I Can Feel Heart Beat
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Talkin' New Kingdom
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Naked Ray
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Downtime
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Happy Ending
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 50:33

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water
2007 | Label: Yep Roc Records / Redeye

Chuck Prophet is a voracious student of music history. Restless and innovative in the studio, the first three songs on Soap and Water move easily from self-assured, swaggering rock to relaxing folk to a simmering Suicide-esque groove. The rest of the record doesn't skimp on experiments either: along the way strings, the Nashville Methodist Church Children's choir and Stephanie Finch, his wife, all make appearances. But what ties it all together is that sense of… read more »

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Lou Reed, David Bowie and Tom Petty Had a Baby

farnsylicious

Children of the eighties rejoice! This is the album for you. Original hooks and fascinating imagery

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All good now

stevenpa

I took a chance downloading the whole CD despite the reported problems (truncated last two tracks and missing Kingdom). Well, things have been fixed! Download with confidence.

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Kingdom!?

kidsluggo

track 9 downloads as "would you love me" not kingdom

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Soap and Water

Fredro

The last two cuts have been truncated, so beware.

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They Say All Music Guide

Chuck Prophet began his musical career with the genre-defying group Green on Red, and since their demise, the now solo singer/songwriter/producer continues to duck all attempts at categorization. Soap and Water continues to muddy the waters, but in the most sublime of ways. Much of the set revolves around the blues or R&B, from the swampy sounds of “A Woman’s Voice” to the jazzy, finger-snapping “Downtime,” the porch-picking blues of “Small-Town Girl,” and the Rolling Stonesy R&B riff that powers “Freckle Song.” But other influences are equally strong, like the twist of the Beatles that’s dashed across “Would You Love Me,” the surge of new wave that splashes over “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” (a song that’s the bastard child of the Cars and Mink DeVille), and the post-punk aura that throws shadows across “Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over You).” Invariably, though, the arrangements smudge up the styles, abetted by keyboardist Aidan Hawken, who often counterpoints the guitars with an entirely different genre, conjuring up lavish atmospheres and haunting auras along the way. It’s all subtly done, with the productions creating a dreamy, magical quality to the entire set; there is brilliant work from Prophet and co-producer Brad Jones. The many dappled, introspective atmospheres beautifully showcase Prophet’s lyrics and themes. Some of the numbers are exquisitely etched vignettes revolving around relationships; others are more fragmentary. “Naked Ray,” for example, plops listeners into the center of a sticky situation, like tuning in at the middle of a soap opera. Some omit the back story; a few sketch in just enough details to whet your appetite for more; and others force fans to pen their own “Happy Ending.” A master of the metaphor and inventor of brilliant analogies, Prophet knows how to turn a phrase to his advantage or inside out. With a beautifully understated wit, the songwriter amazes with his words and enchants with his music. A lavishly crafted album that one wants to bathe in forever. – Jo-Ann Greene

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