“…this is an album that will allow listeners to discover and appreciate the varied and subtle work of this singer and guitar player named Michael Schatte.”
Michael Schatte – Conundrum (Independent, 2020)
Album Review by Vicente Zúmel
Le Hora Del Blues, Spain, January 2020
Besides being an accomplished electric guitar player, Michael Schatte is also a virtuoso on acoustic fingerpicking style. He is also a more-than-interesting composer who devotes himself to producing his own material, as well as supervising and undertaking the entire recording process. His songs, music and lyrics drink from the wells of rock, blues and Celtic music. This newly released album represents a convergence between new and old music, and both can be found in the fifteen songs on this CD, including thirteen original compositions and two [co-write / cover] versions. The album also includes a booklet with all song lyrics to allow listeners to pleasantly follow along. As mentioned, Celtic music and social commentary are present in some of the album tracks like “Dry Black Power”, “Good King Richard” or “Bread, Water, Love”, while blues can be found in “Longtime Lover” or “Come On Down.” Rivalry, even of the sexual kind, appears in “Please Don’t Dance With My Brother,” “Daria” and “The Upper Hand” and you will even find influences from Dire Straits or Eric Clapton in “Genevieve.” In short, this is an album that will allow listeners to discover and appreciate the varied and subtle work of this singer and guitar player named Michael Schatte. VERY GOOD.
Translated from the original Spanish.