US - Alaska - Full Moon 88 - 12/08/03
Rory Merritt Stitt
Rory Merritt Stitt's second album is a grand, sophisticated thing. His versatile piano playing
is at the centre. Vocally he goes from masculine strength to feminine fluttering.
Think of him as a close relative of Rufus Wainwright, or a contemporary, less sentimental Elton
John. "Jungle Boy" is sweetly complex. Stitt plays with the ease of a professional piano bar entertainer,
but injects the song with more pathos than that would imply.
"The Runner" is a frantic, Tori Amos-like song. Stitt exaggerates his vocal stylings but gets
away with it. "Unlaced" gives us a softly crooned tale that might have migrated from the seventies.
"Jaded" shows Stitt's voice from its most dreamy and evocative side. His piano makes a restrained
backing this time. "Renaissance Man" has a compelling staccato rhythm and complex lyrics.
Stitt dares to be ambitious and that's what makes this album so special.
Copyright © 2003 Anna Maria Stjärnell