5 (out of 5) Stars — The Daily Freeman - "Shadow is a true rock poet, in the tradition of Nick Cave, Dylan and Tom Waits..."
The Berkshire Eagle - "An original storyteller… not since Lou Reed…have images of New York…been so aptly paired…Like Reed, Shadow has the poet’s gift…"
WAMC-FM - "’King Kong Serenade’ really reminds me of early Lou Reed, Jim Carroll and Bruce Springsteen."
Chronogram - "Shadow walks the same New York streets as Lou Reed before him, another bard of the underbelly of Gotham, creating verbal mosaics out of urban decay." - "Allen Shadow gives a classic performance that will surely raise some eyebrows in the entertainment sector... It rocks with passion and the hot burning intensity of a 100 degree sidewalk."
NY Rock - "The disc smokes and burns like steam coming out of a manhole cover, gritty and authentic, and fans of New York and artists like Reed, Jim Carroll, etc. will find this a must-have addition to their music collection."
Roots Town - “ ‘King Kong Serenade’ is a fascinating album on New York’s dark side…the title song is just about perfect… Sugar Street is yet another beautiful black song…Everyone who loves Lou Reed and Nick Cave will definitely appreciate this album.” - "Shadow is an extremely capable songwriter; his words speak, and his music rocks, with authority. Tracks like "Downtown," "Crossroads of America," "Hopper's Town," and "You, Coney Island" are as authentic as word pictures as many of Lou Reed's best works, and the arrangements have kind of a drugged aggressiveness to them that is just about perfect. (King Kong Serenade) will probably endure as one of those discs that will be passed around and listened to for years." - "Shadow fills his descriptions with dark and dreamy, psychedelic-tinged images that recall songs like Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man", Eric Anderson's "Violets of Dawn" and Donovan's "Sunny Goodge Street". The quintessential example is "Sugar Street", in which the listener finds himself swirling weightlessly from great line to great line…
Shadow narrates with the confidence of an old Hollywood detective who has grown sick of the scene, but still knows his city like the back of his right hand. His loose verse allows the listener to roam through his darkly intriguing creations, filling in the holes between his descriptive gaps."
S. Australian Roots 'n Blues - Urban grunge that is a captivating mix of Garland Jefferies, Lou Read, Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine from his 70's Television days…the lyrics sound great and conjure up rich mindscape images…This is the sort of energy that Patti Smith generated on her classic "Horses" album. Love it! - Definitely an interesting gem…This CD was very cool to listen to. Allen Shadow reminds me of a cross between Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen. - There are some amazing tunes..."Downtown" seems like a rock epic; "Crossroads of America" matches the red, white, and blue poetry of Tom Petty with the heartland feeling of John Mellencamp; and "Hopper's Town" is a tense, urban history book. Allen Shadow has true talent when it comes to songwriting. - Whatever your musical taste might be, Shadow sings with a new dimension of coloratura vocal paint that forces you the visually listen! - If you are a fan of people like Nick Cave or Jim White, you should really visit Allen's Web site and give “King Kong Serenade” a listen. - …at once literary music and performance poetry…a gritty portrait of New York that captures both the city's grand themes and personal struggles. - Here's a novel idea - music with an emphasis on the lyrics. Allen Shadow is a poet that uses music to get the point across, not a musician that fills the space with words. There's a crucial difference.
"Me and My Shadow," Metroland - "…enough gritty lyricism and clanging guitar parts to make Lou Reed proud…there's no stopping Allen Shadow…"
"Shadow Plans to Push Envelope," The Daily Freeman - The artist speaks in depth on songwriting.
The Death of 'the Album' - USAToday's Edna Gundersen discusses the fate of the record album with Shadow.
Rocknet Interviews Shadow - Shadow let's down his hair in a freewheeling interview with Rocknet's Angela Monger.
The Day the Music Died - Musicians comment on 25th anniversary of Lennon's death.
'Miss America Video Released
Hope has a President, Now it has a song
'Purple Plain' CD in the Offing
Kong Also Lives on Cult Rock Album
Rocker Wishes Times Square a Gritty 100th
'Gangs of New York' Turf Also Aflame in Rocker's CD
Shadow to Debut 'Gotham Gem' at CBGB
Shadow Featured on EmergentMusic Web Site
Rock Poet Allen Shadow in Performance at Catskill Gallery
Shadow Receives NY State Arts Council Grant
Shadow to Play Colorado Dates
New York Poet Finds his Way Home to Colorado
"Serenade" Album Description - An in-depth look at the inner workings of "King Kong Serenade."
The Story Behind "Serenade" - The back story to the making of "King Kong Serenade."
The Ginsberg Experience - Shadow consults the oracle on the marriage of poetry and music.

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