A new look, new sound Rodriguez (written 30 years ago!)

The Telegraph, Sydney 26th March 1979

by Roger Crosthwaite

COMING FROM REALITY by Rodriguez. Blue Goose MLF269.
Quite a change from Rodriguez’s first album Cold Fact. On Cold Fact Rodriguez sang bitter, disillusioned songs about slums, drug abuse and broken love affairs. Something in between the two albums obviously changed his point of view because Coming From Reality consists mainly of love songs. And not the cynical odes to past affairs of Cold Fact – these ones are full-blown, sentimental Paul McCartney-type love songs. And even the social comment songs on the album seem less bitter and more resigned. The strings have been laid on with a heavy hand, on some tracks providing the only backing to Rodriguez’s guitar and voice. But the voice shines through and the clever poetry on some tracks is as incisive as ever. But don’t expect the same Rodriguez as you heard on Cold Fact.


Top 10 Best-Selling CDs on Sugar Music – March 2009

1 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 3
2 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1
3 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 2
4 Coming From Reality / After The Fact (2005 South African remaster) – Rodriguez
5 Cold Fact (2008 US re-issue) – Rodriguez
6 Springbok Radio Top 40: Best of Volume 2 (3CD set)
7 SA Party – South Africa’s Greatest Hits
8 Live Fact – Rodriguez
9 The Warrior – Ipi ‘Ntombi featuring Margaret Singana
10 Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez

Rodriguez Tour Dates

Tour Dates:
Fri, Apr 10 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Fri, Apr 24 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Fri, May 08 Schubas Tavern, Chicago IL
Sat, May 09 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Wed, May 13 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thu, May 14 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Fri, May 15 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

Fri., May 29 Paradiso, Amsterdam , Netherlands
Sat. May 30 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Mon, Jun 1 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Wed, Jun 3 Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
Sat, Jun 6 Barbican, London, UK

Mon, Jun 22 Richard’s On Richards Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Tue, Jun 23 The Triple Door, Seattle WA
Wed, Jun 24 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Fri, Jun 26 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sat, Jun 27 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Sun Jul 12 Les Ardentes Festival, Liege, Belgium

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