Tuesday, January 18, 2011
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 1/18/11
GREGG ALLMAN- LOW COUNTRY BLUES
Gregg Allman's first solo release in 14 years is a winner. That it's been sitting in limbo for a few years, while Allman waited for and acquired a new liver, is another story. As he said in a recent New York Times article, it was knowing this record would be waiting for him at the other end of his recovery, that helped him through a very painful time. After one listen, I understand.
With T-Bone Burnett driving the ship, and help from Dr. John, Doyle Bramhall II, and the rhythm section that Burnett employed for the Grammy winning record by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Dennis Crouch and Jay Bellerose, Allman runs through an inspired collection of blues covers by such luminaries as Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland, Otis Rush and B.B King.
That info should not scare you away. This is not another lazy, blues cover affair. Gregg Allman's voice is powerful and convincing as ever, and as usual, T- Bone nails a sound that is fresh and soulful.
THE DECEMBERISTS- KING IS DEAD
"King Is Dead," from what I've read, sounds much different than The Decemberists prior releases. This has to be true, since I've never liked a note I heard from this band, and I love this record. The Decemberists have left me cold in the past, so much so, I'm not sure I could have told you what the band sounded like before this new release. Maybe it's the addition of Gillian Welch on 7 on the 10 tracks, but what we have here is a great little alt-country record, with simple production and strong melodies. Was I missing something?
THE JAYHAWKS- HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL & TOMORROW THE GREEN GRASS
I know I'm supposed to love The Jayhawks, but I don't. Actually, it wasn't until founder and songwriter Mark Olson left the band that I truly got into them. The first two releases after his departure, "Sound Of Lies" and "Smile" both had, in my opinion, stronger melodies and brighter arrangements. I think I may be alone in my thinking here, as the two prior releases, "Hollywood Town Hall" and "Tomorrow The Green Grass" are considered the classics, and now get upgraded with new remastering and a whole lotta bonus tracks.
More info HERE
There is also a new live record from Pearl Jam out today, as well as new ones from Social Distortion, and of course, that master of mirth, James Blunt.
I thank you.