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Monday, February 19, 2007

Son Volt's The Search

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Ever since recognizing Neil Young's influence on Uncle Tupelo, Thrasher has been a big fan of both Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar.

So looking forward to Farrar's new Son Volt release The Search scheduled for March 6.

From Amazon.com review by Scott Holter:
"Five albums into Son Volt's career--and a pair into the band's rebirth following leader Jay Farrar's several solo ventures--it's time to bury the encumbering 'alt-country' moniker that has dogged Farrar since his days in the genre-setting Uncle Tupelo. While the inexhaustible songwriter relied on guitars to drive 2005's rock-heavy Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Son Volt amends its familiar arrangements on The Search, balancing the instrumentation with piano, organ, and dabbles in a horn section. 'Feels like drivin' 'round in a slow hearse,' Farrar pleads over repetitive piano and East Indian guitar loops in 'Slow Hearse.' It's a pensive opener that suggests something is askew, but the horns that kick off 'The Picture' literally scream it from the Stax vaults. Farrar dives in and out of genres, tingling the ivories to add subtle alterations to both the gorgeous 'Underground Dream' and Imagine-like 'Adrenaline and Heresy,' turning his band into Gang of Four for the 134-second rocker 'Satellite' and singing alongside Shannon McNally on the soulful 'Highways and Cigarettes.' While it may be impossible for this Son Volt to ever reach the pinnacle of their 1995 debut, no one can accuse Jay Farrar of going through the motions."

Preview clips of songs are on http://www.sonvolt.net/.
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More on Jay Farrar and Neil Young and here.


3 Comments:

At 2/19/2007 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, I'm really looking forward to this album. Jay is another artist, though he certainly doesn't get hsi deserved notoriety like his peers, that keeps moving forward in a truly creative direction. His writing is definately some of the best I've seen.
Keith

 
At 3/17/2007 08:45:00 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

The extra tracks from itunes are as good or better than the regular tracks. It's very good.

 
At 7/30/2008 05:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great this lyrics.

 

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