Steve Strauss – Just Like Love (2005) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Steve Strauss – Just Like Love (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:08 minutes | Scans NOT included | 3,88 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans NOT included | 1,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Scans NOT included | 753 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround sound | Stockfisch Records # SFR 357.4036.2

His unique vocal delivery simultaneously fascinates and polarizes – neutrality is not an option. Steve Strauss with his laid-back style of guitar playing (a quality further developed by fellow Stockfisch musicians like Chris Jones) is none other than – a poet. You can feel this when he sings of the golden era of youth spent in the shadow of the Argyle Bridge when war was only real “in far-off countries”. You can feel this when in “Angel” – in the beginning meant to be a comment on life in New York, which after September 11th reached an even deeper level of meaning – he sings of emptiness, loneliness, homelessness.

With “Powderhouse Road“, Steve Strauss proved himself to be a singer/songwriter of remarkable depth of feeling and sensitivity. This is also true of just like love. The songs of Steve Strauss are, once again, not exactly easy to approach. Maybe some elements of his art can be attributed to his job as a social worker in Vestal, NY. Bitter-sweet melancholy, but also a trace of cynicism gets hold of the listener at the same time.

In just like love Strauss creates a mixture of traditional tunes and touchingly naive lyrics (“Sunday Best”) and critical views of society (as in his cover version of the Springsteen classic “Youngstown”). While even in “Jerusalem” (“Powderhouse Road”) he sounded a bit like T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Journey of the Magi”, the title track “Just Like Love” and the cryptic “The Dirt” are introspective musings, and Steve’s play reaches a dreamlike intensity.


01. Just Like Love
02. Angel
03. Youngstown
04. Old Crow
05. Dead Man’s Handle
06. Jennie Mae
07. Brother Mule
08. Sunday Best
09. The Dirt
10. Lord Franklin
11. Closer
12. The Dog And The Dancing Girl
13. A Western




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