CD Review: Wayne Krantz "Good Piranha/Bad Piranha

The ever-morphing guitar god returns to his ’90s trio lineups for studio takes of live cover favorites.
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The ever-morphing guitar god returns to his ’90s trio lineups for studio takes of live cover favorites. First up, Nate Wood and drummer Keith Carlock deconstruct Thom Yorke’s “Black Swan,” Ice Cube’s “My Skin Is My Skin,” U.K. electronica band Pendulum’s “Comprachicos,” and M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” Wood plays a unifying role, adding deep, sympathetic support to the harmonic and rhythmic choices of Krantz and Carlock. Tim Lefebvre slides into the bass slot (with Wood moving over to drums) for the second radical reboot of the four tunes, immediately establishing a sense of (a third) equal experimental voice—further clarified by his use of effects. Tim’s gritty grooves on “Swan” and his spotlight on “U Can’t” are key to those being the album’s most vibrant tracks.


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