The concept of a lead singer taking a break to record a batch of stripped down, acoustic tunes is no new idea to the punk or hardcore communities. Although the sound is completely different, past solo attempts are often quick to be dismissed as just that: attempts. Putting aside his duties as lead singer/songwriter for Orange County’s socially conscious powerhouse Thrice, Dustin Kensrue is able to break the mold by creating Please Come Home, a record that is not only sonically different but also worthwhile. Please Come Home is a short affair. Kensrue, with the aid of Thrice guitarist Teppei Teranishi, crafted eight tracks heavy with woody acoustic guitar and injected with harmonica, piano and organ to compliment his traditional roots/folksy rock songwriting. In heavy contrast to the crashing, post-hardcore overtures of Thrice, Kensrue’s heartfelt songs range freely between alt-country, blues, and folk influences. “I Knew You Before” is as boot-stomping and grizzled as any Uncle Tupelo jam, while in true Ryan Adams fashion, Kensrue darkly coos, “Time to lay down my life / Honey I’d do it gladly for you,” on “Pistol.” “Blood & Wine” echoes early Johnny Cash as Kensrue details an outlaw life of womanizing, drug abuse and bank robbery between a snarling chorus of “Oh, now that I’ve tasted blood / Now this wine seems too thin.” Not all gloom and doom, “Consider the Ravens” is a relaxed, parlor piano-infused melody while “I Believe” is a bayou-bluesy acknowledgement of Kensrue’s coming to terms with his religious beliefs.The true success of Please Come Home is steering clear of resembling an acoustic Thrice album or another scratchy-throated punker with his guitar unplugged. Instead, Kensrue has created a fantastic record that embodies the grittier side of folk/acoustic rock. Beer and front porch not included.
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Thrill Jockey Records released the new solo album by Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin. Little Heater is Catherine’s first solo album since 2002’s Cut Yourself A Switch, and her first record since Freakwater’s Thinking of You (2005).Little Heater features collaborations with such artists as Tara Jane ONeil, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Marc Orleans, Daniel Littleton, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Jean Cook.
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A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant’s got a sound here that’s still firmly in the Hi […]
The Residents’ classic debut originally released on Ralph Records in 1973. The whole, bizarre Residents trip started here (at least officially)! Mixing everything from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart to Raymond Scott and Sun Ra in the world’s most bizarre blender, this one is the place to start in the wild and weird world of […]
Archer Records is excited to announce the release of Amy LaVere and Shannon McNally’s debut EP, Chasing The Ghost — “Rehearsal Sessions,” on October 23. The two women, armed with a satchel of songs, headed to the Music+Arts Studio in Memphis, TN, for rehearsals a few days before getting into the van for a cross-country trek to California […]
Touring his legendary Astral Weeks album appears to have rejuvenated Van Morrison. His 35th solo studio album is his jazziest: the warm brass and catchy, sweet melodies recall 1970’s Moondance. But the music’s velvet glove delivers some of his hardest-hitting lyrics. With the global economic meltdown providing inspiration, End of the Rainbow finds him rueing […]