Christopher the Conquered on Java Blend April 27, 2012
Christopher the Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying firmly seated at The Piano. He’s backed strongly by The Black Gold Brass Band, which is featured heavily on the album, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section. Joining them is a rhythm section built with bass, drums, and guitar, along with Ford’s keys. Ford’s reliance on a strong backing band performing results in moments of spontaneous beauty and moments of downright weirdness, often at the same time; a prime example of the possibility of Sound.