Rexford - Date With Destiny (9-track album)
By Steve Rudd
One of the most extraordinary and surprisingly thrilling albums I've heard in years,
this 9-track wonder comes from a man known as Rexford.
Every song tells its own story, and all the stories behind all the songs have
been inspired by Rexford's fascinating life.
He does sing on a couple of tracks, although there are a number of different
vocalists involved throughout the 40-minute-long LP, including Adam Ellis
(who also produced the album and plays the majority of guitar parts therein too),
and Denise Gordon.
In true Bowie style, the music is brilliantly eclectic in nature, and
inspiration for the songs sounds to have come from all sorts of interesting quarters,
with a couple of the songs having been directly provoked by the horrors of warfare...
such as the transcendental seven-minute-long opening track Date With Destiny.
The vast majority of the tracks are pop-rock anthems, which manage to be both
intellectually stimulating and sensationally catchy.
Still, there is time spared for a young woman getting ready for a night on the town
in Million Things To Do, which provides a little light headed respite
from the more thematically heavy-going material.
What's more, Million Things To Do is coolly propelled by House music
vibes and an outstanding vocal performance from Denise Gordon.
Meanwhile, Soul On The Street incorporates flashes of flamenco guitar, Mystery Man
is something of an all-out rock tune, before Battle For Baghdad weighs up the
endless cons of war (i.e., there are no pros whatsoever) in the impassioned style
of Bruce Springsteen: He found the score - a nil all draw.
As if this album project isn't exciting enough in itself, there is a movie in
the pipeline about Rexford's trial and tribulation-saturated life.
Hopefully one day soon the UK movie-going public will see for themselves what he
has been through, and American screenplay writer Craig Clyde has invested the
best part of two years writing the screenplay to make such a project possible,
having listened to all Rexford's music and read pages and
pages of notes made by the man in relation to his story.
Rexford met up with Craig in the summer of 2003, in Hollywood
itself of all places (i.e., L.A.), in order to further discuss the screenplay,
and according to Craig; The screenplay is now complete.
He goes on to gush, I know it is just a matter of time before we see his story
on the big screen to inspire and motivate millions around the world.
So make a date with destiny yourself, and make sure you cross paths with this
enigma sooner rather than later.
As Craig adds, in view of Rexford's
life story to press, I have been a screenplay writer in America for over thirty
years and have never come across such a tale... even in fiction!
Date with Destiny is available as a download at
www.tunetribe.com (click on
For more information about Craig Clyde, it's imperative that you check out
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