Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Just when you think the 21st century might finally have caught up with Thomas Dolby, he takes another giant musical and technological leap. The artist who pioneered the marriage of technology and art, who first gave synthesizers soul, puts a camera in his brain and takes us on a visual trip inside his head, his heart, and his music; showing us at one and the same time where it came from and where it's going. This live concert CD was recorded in May 2006 at the Martyrs in Chicago, IL. The sold out audience that night saw one of the best performances from Dolby's Sole Inhabitant' tour, which has thrilled crowds across the USA throughout the year. Wrass.
Liner Note Author: Kurt B. Reighley.
Recording information: Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA (05/??/2006-09/28/2006); Martyrs, Chicago, IL (05/??/2006-09/28/2006).
Photographer: Robert Leslie.
Thomas Dolby was a British synth-pop hero of the 1980s, bringing classy craftsmanship, musical sophistication, and yes, even a touch of funk to the proceedings. Although he stopped making new music in the mid-'90s, THE SOLE INHABITANT finds the tech-pop auteur alive and well in the 21st century, performing a passel of his classics. Working in a one-man-band scenario made possible by his technological mastery, he turns out almost shockingly full-sounding versions of such gems as the groove-monster "Hyperactive," the wistful "Europa and the Pirate Twins," and of course, his signature smash, "She Blinded Me With Science."