John Ludington's Full Release Orgasmic Audio Production, Clouds Today, truly and sincerely, has courted me slowly, lured me in with a passionate intensity that isn't too creepy, whispered secrets in my ear, and finally won me over. I am in love. every song the opposite of what critics would call "filler". substantial as an old desk, I am wealthy in its richness. John's Voice is a vast mystery of precise passionate tone. on the overall, I might say that John's voice is a witches brew of the voices of Greg Brown, Donovan from the sixties, and Ben Harper. not a terribly educated declaration, but I mean every word of it. During the Album, John Floats through several different Octaves and Tones, honestly and in perfect proportion to what the guitar is doing, and it is this versatility that makes the album a treat and makes me match up Donovan with Ben Harper. This album is completely Accoustic, just John's voice, maybe two tracks at once, I can't tell, but not very often, and it seems just one guitar track. Simply Raw and Pure. You might think from that description that it might be boring, the songs, too much not enough production. Want to know what I thought when I first went to listen to it? "Too Complicated. too much going on, wait, that's pretty, what, did he just get discordant? wow, there's a lot going on...too much for my silly ass at this moment..." Now, I am up to Six Listens. In Love. John's a Genius. His wordery is poetic and descriptive, dabbled with intelligent metaphors and seems well thought out. His Guitar Playing is Deliberately Chaotic, creating a soundscape that is at once Soothing to the Ears, and Electrifying to the Musician inside of all of us that tries to follow along. It Rocks, Clouds Today. a 14 Track Long Continuous Outpouring of Passion Mixed into Two Stereo Tracks that sound like a Fucking Symphony. I Shit you not. excuse my expletives and have a nice day.
- Dean Haakenson
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