Sunday, December 1, 2013

Steven Jesse Bernstein - Prison cd

The Fifth Day of Hanukkah gives us Steven Jesse Bernstein.

The story of Steven Jesse Bernstein is not a happy story. His life was not a happy one he battled mental illness and was institutionalized as a child. Drugs and alcohol became a stabilizer in his life.

This CD has a lot of raw emotion in it and is not for the faint of heart. I enjoy the brutal honesty in his spoken word. The strange thing is the weird jazz music bed which is put under his words. This CD was only partly completed as he committed suicide by slashing his throat before it was completed.

The best pieces are "No No Man," "Make More Noise Please," and "Face." In all honesty I enjoy the whole CD. I think it shows a lot of insight into mental illness and addiction.

Released by Sub Pop Records of Seattle, WA


Brian Guy

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