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Steve Cradock The Kundalini Target Review

Album. Released 2009.  

BBC Review

The Kundalini Target could just become a classic.

Elle J Small 2009

Like The Beatles and early Oasis, Steve Cradock has the talented knack of being both Bohemian and accessible. In other words, he makes cool pop. With its gushing melodies, haunting hooks and gorgeous instrumentation, The Kundalini Target has all the markings of a top ten album.

Cradock (famed guitarist to Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller) writes and produces all his own material, bar opener Something Better. Scribed by Gerry Goffin (Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart) and Barry Mann (The Drifters, Dolly Parton), the track was originally performed by Marianne Faithfull and, unbelievably, Cradock's version is even better.

This hippy vibe sets the tone as the talented Brit breaks in to one of many album highlights, The Apple. Featuring backing vocals from Paul Weller and Steve's wife Sally, its story revolves around the Cradock’s kids, Sunny and Casius and the battle to hang on to childhood innocence. The narrative is exceptional, as are the eerie keys, retro guitar and dreamy vocals.

More lush, sixties-styled themes follow- with the beautiful and honestly brutal, Running Away and hooky, radio-friendly On And On gleaming. Throughout his interestingly named debut LP (Kundalini is, believed by yogis, to be a powerful unconscious energy) Cradock is consistent with his delivery. Judging by his lyrical content and gruff vocal, Steve (nearing 40) has obviously been living life.

The result is an album brimming with soul and matters concerning the heart. If all the right cogs are turned, The Kundalini Target could just become a classic.

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