Now Showing at a Theater Near You
Theater of Innocence is the urban-pop crossover project of Fred Israel, producer/writer who, on this debut album, 'Now Showing At A Theater Near You', provides all lead vocals and most of the tracks. The CD has been described by Creative Director of EMI's East Coast Division, Jake Ottman, as exhibiting 'smart and ambitious writing skills', 'with references to artists like Peter Gabriel, Thomas Dolby, Randy Newman...the record is not unlike a Dave Mathews record, an eclectic mix of genres and influences'...'an ambitious mix of rhythms and beats is held together with a strong sense of melody.' The production style mixes acoustic, electric, and techno with driving medium-up tempo grooves to slow funky ballads and even one anthem-like song with no drums. In the end it's a singer-songwriter/producer's project dressed in a band's clothing.