Goldmund
All Will Prosper


3.5
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Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
November 15th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...how sweet the sound.

Goldmund - All Will Prosper

Goldmund, the one man side project of Helios front man Keith Kenniff, is an unsung name in the music world, and pop culture for that matter. Anyone remotely in touch with the modern world in anyway has probably heard one or two of his tunes: with tracks of his being featured for commercials from clients ranging from Honda, Doctors Without Borders, American Express, and Apple. Yes, Kenniff’s small project that he’s got going here has proven to be a fairly lucrative source of recognition, even if that recognition won’t make him a household name. Yet this notoriety has produced several full length albums of minimalistic glory and ambient piano works. Armed with only an open grand piano and occasionally a guitar, Kenniff presents not only one-time hits for catchy commercials, but an astounding display of atmospheric, neo-classical pieces that send the listener back to Civil War era music: a theme that has been the centerpiece for the project of Goldmund.

Where his previous effort, Famous Places, tended to skip past the theme of the 18th century in favor of a more classical approach, Goldmund’s fourth full length album All Will Prosper swan-dives the recurring theme back into the gritty western of a time when the soul of America was held together by only a thread. Composed almost entirely of traditional Civil War folk songs, with the exception of contemporary track “Asoken Farewell”, All Will Prosper is arguably one of Kenniff’s most nostalgic pieces of work that he has ever created under the Goldmund moniker. Some of the most recognizable ballads include a gut-wrenching rendition of “Amazing Grace”, followed by a traditional version of “Dixie”, and an even more folk oriented version of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, anyone who’s familiar with American history will be instantly taken aback by the sincerity and care that has been taken into performing the songs perfectly in its original format to a tee.

Yet where Kenniff has flourished by putting his own touches on his works, like the traditional yet highly original debut album Corduroy, All Will Prosper lacks just that. For an album coming from a graduate of Berklee, All Will Prosper just sounds too safe to be anything astounding. Essentially a glorified, yet highly commendable, cover album, All Will Prosper’s nostalgia factor is emphasized more from the extremely recognizable songs that are covered, not from Kenniff’s ability at crafting moody atmosphere.

For a set piece, All Will Prosper is a resounding success. Conjuring thoughts of run-down saloons and hotels, with a sole piano and guitarist in the back corner, carefully strumming away to the hits of that era, Goldmund’s fourth album is rife with some truly remarkable moments that help the listener remove his or her burdens and simply enjoy music as it used to be, free of any pretense and representing the times that America was going through. Equal parts depressing and hopeful, All Will Prosper is an extremely fun album that was done with care and love, and will make any listener enjoy the tunes of 18th century America.



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cvlts
November 15th 2011


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really close to giving this a 4. didn't even know this was coming out till a couple days ago.

review is heavily titled for an American audience.

feel free to point out any mistakes I might have made as this was really quickly whipped up.

Gyromania
November 15th 2011


15941 Comments


Good work, Dante; pos. I'll look into this for sure.

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cvlts
November 15th 2011


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looks like this is goin under the radar :[

thanx guys

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31356 Comments


I'm 99% sure that I have this but have never gotten around to listening to it

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Relinquished
November 15th 2011


25191 Comments


goldmund is so good but completely unnoticed here. I'll check this one out.

cvlts
November 15th 2011


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@HST: haven't heard that album but the one i put down is like this but uses string arrangements and have pretty brief song lengths (like a minute thirty each)

crazyblinddude
November 15th 2011


3389 Comments


Excellent review! Love this guy's work.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 15th 2011


10611 Comments


Did not know this was out. Will download post haste :D


Great review as always as Dante, you're a beast.

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AlexTM510
June 9th 2012


1403 Comments


I still haven't gotten around to this album yet, even though i've overplayed his first two albums like crazy. I guess i should check this out. late, but nice review

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