Album Review: "E.G., Rhapsodic" by Shakespeare & the Blues (8/10)

Nouveau Electric Records • Producer: Shakespeare & the Blues • When drummer Cam Smith and bassist Bryan Webre met harpsichordist Cassie Francillon, the duo suddenly transformed into a trio. Excited by the musical chemistry between them, they swiftly headed into the studio and cut what became the basis for this enchanting sonic tapestry, woven out of hip-hop rhythms, jazz licks and electronic flotsam. One factor that makes this album so appealing is the way it throws unexpected elements into the audience’s lap, alternating between delighting overactive brains and mollifying souls seeking solace in a topsy-turvy world.