You Brought a Knife to a Gunfight, released in Dec 2007 by Tom Perkins Entertainment and distributed internationally by Get Hip, fulfills the promise implicit in Georgio ´the Dove´ Valentino´s debut single (´She´s Got Eyes in All the Right Places´ b/w ´Bête noire´). More than a brief sampling, this 7-song set invites one to absolutely gorge oneself on Valentino´s gilded croon, decadent guitar, purling atmospherics, and gamey subjects: suicides, prostitutes, fetishists of nearly every stripe, monomaniacs, Friedrich Nietzsche.
The bitter, banana-flavored title track sets the tone with its overstated hostility traipsing to the tango for a spell before summoning a regular bash-fest. The disc is buttressed with a new, dirtier version of the Dove´s debut a-side, as well as another winning experiment in pop-- the bright, jangly ´Here I Come (And There You Go)´-- that comes complete with pizzicato strings and spaghetti western guitar solo. But elsewhere Valentino eschews tight, hook-laden songwriting in favor of mood and dynamics. ´I Won´t Betray You´-- an homage to Chuck Berry´s infamous home video (´I´ll never forget what Chuck Berry said as he leant in regret to stroke that poor girl´s piss-soaked hair: I won´t betray you.´)-- is equal parts glacial meditation and apocalyptic convulsion. The frantic, angular ´Come Out Fighting´ ought to bear the subtitle, ´Edinburgh, 1979.´ And finally, closing the set, `the Stranger´ might be equally at home on Low, had David Lynch joined Bowie and Eno in the control room.
-- M Lane Johnson, biographer.
Concerts à venir
Georgio "the dove" Valentino n'a pas de concert à venir.