Cookie Rabinowitz – Four Eyed Soul

Cookie Rabinowitz – Four Eyed Soul
Long known and respected as more of an alt singer-songwriter, Philly’s Cookie Rabinowitz has produced a collection of new songs that reach into the deeper recesses of his songwriting bag of tricks. When you have the word “Soul” in your CD title, some listeners may have particular expectations. If you expect pure, emotive dripping soul, Cookie delivers, but in quirky and highly enjoyable fashion. There are vestiges of electronica throbbing through many of the tracks, making them pulse with vibrant life. Cookie’s vocal work subtly caresses his soulful interpretations with a hip-hop inflection, adding to the funky vibe. “Sing Alone, Sing Along” launches the album with an edgy but hooky groove and a rhythm backdrop like a Motown-Compton clash weaving delectable harmonies. “Every St.” is bare bones funk where Cookie becomes a passionate street poet, showcasing both his vocal range and timbre along with his thought provoking lyrics. This song also has produced a really cool video, featuring Cookie’s roommate writing the lyrics in rather eclectic styles on sheets of paper while a friend of theirs does sing language of the lyrics in a corner box. Back to the CD, Cookie whips up a sensual vibe with “Get Your Own,” a traditional soul feel with “Blue”, and in infusion of alt folk in “Talking To Pigeons.” You can feel some subtle influences in the music as diverse as Bruno Mars, RHCP, Guy, and The Temptations, but they are subtle because Cookie has his own signature vibe. Coupled with an obvious knack for writing songs that are both pop friendly and intriguing, this is the type of music that can crossover to fans of many genres. – MW

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