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Classic Album Review: Graeme Kirkland | Beat Truths

The Toronto percussionist takes it to (and from) the streets on his fifth full-length.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Toronto percussionist Graeme Kirkland is apparently one of those cats who pummels plastic pails on the corner.

But the street isn’t just his stage on Beat Truths — it’s also his backup band: Honking horns are his brass section, squealing sirens substitute for synths and street crazies, hobos and cops are his vocalists. On this fifth full-length, Kirkland uses street tapes and loops to weave a kaleidoscopic, crazy-quilt symphony around his frenetic, Buddy Rich-meets-John Bonham pounding. Beat Truths gives the rhythm of the street a whole new meaning.