Lead Performer: Kowanko; Producer (group): Morgan Creek

It’s quite fitting that Chris Kowanko uses his own artwork for the cover of this stunning debut, Kowanko: He’s almost more a song painter than a writer, using brush-stroke-like melodic fragments and lyrical snippets. Composing songs like ”My House,” about the guilt of ignoring the homeless, and ”Wallflower,” about rebuffing the advances of a disabled girl, takes a lot of courage — and when’s the last time you heard that word in a review? A-

Originally posted February 26 1993 — 12:00 AM EST

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