Tongue 'n' Groove
1997 (EMI)

REVIEWS

"Grand & Mystic"

- Jason Anderson (Eye Magazine)

"A work of words and funky grooves that is extremely listenable ...Vote Shit elevates excrement above politicians in a way that King Missile's John S. Hall would be proud of. Ticket to Hell is great protest-and-bile folk vented in the direction of the tax man. Both soothing and biting, this is well done.

- Darren Kerr, Drop Dead Magazine

'From the short, satirical Wedding Poem, through the intensely beautiful Hera to the visionary and political Lesser Shadows, Priest shows a depth and complexity that operates on many levels, raising his performance above a bar-room rant or a wishy-washy poetry reading to an intense experience, something akin to a trance session "

- Lucy Mallows, The Budapest Sun Oct 22-28 1998

"Some of these are mellow thoughts about lovers, poems and trees, others are down right rambunctious rocking sprees or resemble the scary voices you hear in your head.. He's got a range."

- Elysia Gallo Budapest Week

"This is the edge of poetry ... there seems to be a synergous amalgamation between songs. The passing from mundane to supra-mundane torches from beginning to end is quite unique"

- Suzanne Legault Northern Life (Sudbury)

"Spoken word has always been a weird bird for me to watch fly. I've listened to lots of it: Lydia Lunch, Exene Cervenka, John S. Hall, Ann Magnuson, Steven Jesse Bernstein, Eric Bogosian -- the list of great speakers is a very lengthy one. When spoken word is good, it makes ideas into strong visuals. It's all about setting a vibe, good or bad. It gives you a good think, a good laugh or a twinge of outrage, and makes your brain dance to its own intellectual tune But when spoken word is bad, it's like Vogon poetry or a bullshit conversation. You leave with a bad taste in your mouth and your back hurts. The work of Toronto's Robert Priest fortunately falls into the former category, and here he has created a work of words and funky grooves that is extremely listenable and, in spots, very clever." Sayings" is a listing of reworked quotations like "Every little ruler wants a 13th inch," "you cannot kiss ass and kick it too" and "stop procrastinating tomorrow." "Vote Shit" elevates excrement above politicians in a way that King Missile's John S. Hall would be proud of. "Ticket to Hell" is great protest-and-bile folk vented in the direction of the tax man. Both soothing and biting, this is well done."

- Darren Kerr, Drop Dead Magazine


×