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“Rob Siegel’s brilliant new CD, “Voices from the right brain” overflows with idealism and realism, with wild moonshots and savvy connections, with polemics and wordplay, with sophisticated chord progressions and references to philosophy, mythology, history, literature and ethics.  Recorded using only his expressive voice and big fistful of acoustic guitar styles in a live concert format at Harvard Square’s legendary Club Passim, Mr. Siegel’s songs are dense and literate; they are a thinking, feeling man’s response to life in a world as devoid as ever of justice, morality and grace.”

 

Geoff Bartley (read the whole review here)

 

“Right from the first track of Rob Siegel's Voices from the Right Brain, there is a sense of urgency. For the next 66 minutes there is little chance to let your listening guard down, with either side of your brain. Siegel's songs are clever and obviously labored upon. There are lots of lyrics and political undertones -- all balanced by humor.

 

The opener unfolds like a romance novel as the married businessman on the road convinces himself that it doesn't count as being unfaithful if you just yearn. Yet chapters go beyond yearning and we are left as our protagonist  adulterer is unsure of exactly where the "Point of No Return" was. Siegel spends a whole song writing to "The God I Don't Believe In" tossing out possibilities of proving who invented whom.

 

These songs and the others on the album demand several listens. The concentration needed and the wide variety of references (Dante, Kandinski, Ulysses) would make one thing that Siegel is a college professor. He isn't. Perhaps weary of his own "Social Intercourse" (actually a song title) he includes a song about a "Shaker Chair," pleasantly stripped to bare essentials, yet proving him unable to resist adding a "Naugahyde Barcalounger" in a second verse. Even humorous numbers demand close following. In "I Met Myself" he meets his college-aged self, yet doesn't accept his own hindsight. Insults fly between the two selves and, finally he calls himself two cabs, one home and one back to 1978.

 

Often an obviously dedicated writer can't equal his writing with his guitar chops, but Siegel has solid guitar work able to be flashy while matching his untypical lyrics. The recordings here were collected from a live taping at Boston's Club Passim. The performances prove that Siegel's talents run far wider than great writing: he is uniquely entertaining and thoughtful.”

 

--Sing Out! Magazine

 

“Rob Siegel’s songs get you laughing at the little things and reflecting on the big issues. Then, pretty soon, you’re laughing at the big issues and reflecting on the little things. Good for the soul.”

 

--Marilyn Rae Beyer, WUMB Radio Network

--Marilyn Rae Beyer, Music Director, WUMB Radio Network

 

“Rob Siegel brings a casual storytelling to his performances like a new Arlo Guthrie. His offbeat sense of humor shines on this new CD as does his intricate songwriting.”

 

--Matt Smith, Manager, Club Passim, Cambridge

 

“Rob happens to be one of the most intelligent and wonderful songwriters I’ve ever heard.”

 

--Oen Kennedy, Host, The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

 

 
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