Julian Fauth found himself standing at the crossroads and knew he'd found a home. That it happened to be Kensington and St. Andrew makes the story that much better. Sex, violence, gang-banging, suicide, robbery and squeegee capitalists -- that's the shit Fauth's down with here. With his deadpan tone, Fauth sure does sound for real, yet for all his interesting discourse, it's his rollicking piano work that wins you over. Though he's a great keyboard player, Fauth never goes over the top, opting for subtlety and a steady cadence over virtuosic flash. The stripped-down, organic production suits the mood perfectly, and despite what the album's title might suggest, there are plenty of good times and upbeat melodies.
Julian Fauth plays Gate 403 Tuesday (November 15).