For the Sake of the Song
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., April 29, 2011
Pope of Fools
Under the name Medicine Park, Clay Berkes constructs a set of tunes ranging from atmospheric to twangy, but even guests Jon Dee Graham, Bukka Allen, the Tosca String Quartet, and producer George Reiff can't salvage songs that prevaricate between whispery and being ready-made for some treacly television drama. The ability to compose songs with subtle melodies and complex arrangements can't hide one fact: Pope of Fools is utterly vacuous.