HELLBLINKI SEXTET - A Pirate Broadcast by John "Stoney" Cannon
From the ever enchanting mind of Andrew Benjamin comes this newest platter from he and his loyal band of pirates. Blending the many corners of world music into theatrical musical piece, the HELLBLINKI SEXTET consider no instrument too sacred to toss into the mix. "A Pirate Broadcast" actually BEGINS with the ending of the broadcast day so right off the bat one gets the feeeling that this is not your usual rock band, or rock cd for that matter.

"Comes to This" get the ball rolling with a neat jig number that fits somewhere between a Jewish wedding and a Greek funeral with it's lively tempo and biting lyrics. After a brief "Halloween Overture" the Sextet go sexy fifties hip on "Love, She Said" with vocalist Danielle Parcells cooing over smooth beat era music. But her haunting lovely singing really come to play on "The lily", a beautiful piano ballad that will send chills down your spine over and over again with ech listen.

My favorite Hellblinki song live has always been the "Dementish Waltz". Just something enticing about the way Andrew and Danielle vocalize around each other about "the girl with tears in her eyes" that gets me every time and this track is represented very well in this studio version.

Hellblinki's "A Pirate Broadcast" is a mixed bag of mini operettas blended with little sound "minuettes" to tie it all together. Trying to investigate this platter piece by piece is nearly impossible as each track lives and breaths on what comes before and after them. Not recommended for high volume in the car but rather as a complete musical companion for a clear night and candle light. But then again, I'm just weird that way... I guess.

Listen toHellblinki Sextet - Comes to This