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Cidny Bullens (from the album Little Pieces on Kill Rock Stars) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Cindy Bullens has lived quite the life. It began as Cindy Bullens, and led to a successful career that found him in the company of Elton John and Rod Stewart and as part of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, and later, a group dubbed The Refugees. After lending his vocals to the Grease soundtrack and recording some nine albums highly-acclaimed under the aegis of his former persona, he transitioned into Cid, regained his momentum and, in effect, started life all over again, still a talented and capable artist, but now reinvigorated and renewed.
A new memoir, Transelectric: My Life As a Cosmic Rock Star, details his transformation and revival, and, as if to prove his prowess, his new album, Little Pieces, his first for the insurgent Kill Rock Star label, finds him defiant and determined. Consisting of a series of resilient Rockers and measured ballads that reflect on his life in song, it crackles with a knowing edge and electricity. Produced by Ray Kennedy, the man behind the boards for Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Rodney Crowell, among many others, it’s essentially a remastered and repackaged version of his previous, self-released album, Walkin’ Through This World, now augmented with an additional track, "Not With You", a duet with Beth Nielsen Chapman. So too, it’s a powerful and personal series of songs, flush with both passion and purpose.
‘I’m walkin’ through this world exactly as I am’ he declares on the half-sung, half-spoken “Walkin’ Through This World”. ‘You can’t see me now, and you couldn’t see me then’ it continues, sounding not unlike Lou Reed after taking his own walk on the wild side.
Other songs are similarly expressive, from the taut but tender ballad “The Gender Line”, to the riveting and compelling “Crack the Sky”, through to the gruff and gripping “Little Pieces”, and the unapologetic swagger of “Laugh in the Rain”. Unafraid to reveal himself and share his story, Cidny Bullens turns the new album into a highly emotive effort that finds each track nothing less than a riveting encounter. He’s gathered a notable list of guests to help fulfill his mission — among them, Rodney Crowell, Mary Gauthier, Bill Loyd, and, as mentioned, Beth Nielsen Chapman — but the fact that Little Pieces is, in fact, his first album released as Cidny, it speaks as much to the man as it does to both his grit and groove.
Needless to say, Little Pieces is a sizable step forward. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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