A Cast Of Aspersions is a potent brew of blues, jazz and swamp music, all delivered with deep-voiced medicine show zeal. An oddball collection of stories, the first single to be lifted was Condemned To Live, which attacks the Ku Klux Klan by assuming the character of a klansman and allowing klan bile to affect the listener directly." Jon Casimir. Sydney Morning Herald. 1990.
Let down by lyrics
May 3rd, 1990 Canberra Times
PENELOPE LAYLAND reviews Louis Tillett.
A Cast of Aspersions. (Blue Mosque/Festival).
THE PHRASE "over the top" could have been invented to describe Louis Tillett's music. His musicianship is impeccable, his melding of jazz and rock is imaginative and perfectly executed, and he has drawn together a group of top musicians to get his ideas across, but for some reason the end result is gilded with an unnecessary drama, a hysterical earnestness. Cannibals and witches populate Tillett's songs, and these characters indulge in an array of unspeakable pagan rites. Something does not gel. This is mature, complex music, but the lyrics seem to be aimed at kids at a slumber party, trying to out-scare each other with horror stories.