Seeking Major Tom by William Shatner
"Seeking Major Tom" could have been grounded by the gravity of the cool po...more
I love this album, not because William Shatner is the Captain, but because Shatner's tongue-in-cheek vocals are alway filled his trademark melodramatic sincerity that bounce back and forth between beat poetics and comedy. "Seeking Major Tom" could have been grounded by the gravity of the cool pop alternative delivery that performers such as Grace Jones or Lee Hazlewood are known for—and that would have been great, after all guest appearances include Zakk Wylde, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Lyle Lovett, Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, members of The Strokes, The Kinks, Tangerine Dream, Alice In Chains, Deep Purple, Yes, MC5 and other pop icons—instead Shatner leverages his "Space Cowboy" legacy as a theme for self-parody, which is much more fun. The songs on the "Seeking Major Tom" collection, a bag of sentimental pop-rock standards from the space age are also ripe for for parody, and Shatner makes sure that each one has been spiked with enough ironic moxie to make a Vulcan laugh.