Balancing Act Boston Duo CD Review
David Boston, along with his daughter Naomi has released his first
CD since “Puketapu Tracks” in 2000. Calling themselves “Boston Duo”,
“Balancing Act” features 18 mellow and sophisticated acoustic guitar
duets. 10 of the songs are covers: featuring the well known “Mr.
Bojangles”, “Wonderful Tonight”, ”Scarborough Fair” and “If” along
with lesser known tunes “Into The Dark” by Jesse Cook, “Going Home”
By Mark Knoppfler, and “Moonflower” a gem originally recorded by
Santana. The pick of the covers however are: “Have You Ever Really
Loved A Woman” originally recorded by Bryan Adams, and “Cancion Del
Mariachi” from the film “Desperado”.
The 8 original tunes however represent the Bostons’ true creativity.
David has five tunes: “Arrival” starts the album and is alternately
rhythmic and sparse. “The Road To Granada” and “Hypnotic” have
distinctly Spanish flavours. “Reflections” is a 3 movement piece,
while “Yearning” is a slow beautiful ballad. Naomi contributes three
songs. Her tunes all originated as vocal tunes but have been
arranged here as instrumentals. “Contemplations” is a fast, catchy
tune with a calypso flavour. “Control” has a real contempory vibe to
it while “Will I Ever” is a slow wistful ballad. Recorded live by
Jason Alexander of Naked Gun fame, have a listen to “Balancing Act”