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Shrek is Love

Shrek is Love, Vol 1: This Is My Swamp

Review by Gary Hill

I have to guess that these guys really like Shrek. I mean, they named their act after the character and every song on this EP is based on the movie. I like Shrek, too, but perhaps that's a bit overboard. What do I know? I dress as a Klingon to do charity events. I can't really fault someone for digging into their fictional passion. The blend of jazz, soul and kitsch on this works really well. The set is a lot of fun.

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Track by Track Review
Lord Farquaad

Keyboards start this, feeling almost like a video game. They work it out from there into a 90s tinged R&B meets electronica element. There are some jazzy things here, along with some weird elements that call to mind things like Frank Zappa. This is an oddly compelling piece. The lyrics are all about "Shrek."

This Is My Swamp
There is an extended jam mid-track that's a full on jazz treatment. This cut seems to lose a lot of that video-game edge that was heard on the opener, trading it for more of a full jazz sound.

A mellower, slower jazz groove is on display here. This is a classy number that works well. It provides a nice change from the other two pieces. The cut gets a bit more energy later. There is a false ending and they bring it back up for a reinvigorated jam from there. A short spoken bit ends it.

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