grant-lee phillips has long been one of my very favorite artists, from back in the grant lee buffalo
days to his current days as a solo performer. at long last comes a new album from grant-lee, entitled strangelet
and released today. from what i have heard so far, i must say that this sounds like the best work of his long and distinguished career. there has always been a warmth to his songs, reflective of what seems to be one of the last authentic personalities in los angeles--the kind of guy who would respond to a myspace add request with a personalized message and a belated happy birthday wish. the music is of course buoyed by one of the most expressive, wide-ranging voices in rock music, but also includes grant-lee on an assortment of instruments (piano, bass, guitar, organ, ukulele, etc.) as well as some help from r.e.m. guitarist peter buck. from grantleephillips.com
strangelet's twelve tracks smoothly blend tales of heartache, conflict, and loss with stories of love, hope, and redemption. it's a work that is essentially grounded in the concept of confronting reality, relinquishing fear of the unknown, and refusing to be destroyed by things you can't see, things you can't control, and things that may not even exist.
on a few more notes, a lot of thought and effort has gone into the artwork and photographs in the album packaging, so i'd encourage everyone to make the effort to go the old-fashioned route and buy the actual cd
. his myspace
page has four songs from the album streaming to tide you over in the meantime, as well as videos for three of the songs. he's also got some shows coming up, including a stop at the troubadour that i will definitely be at, and look for a reprisal of his role as the town troubadour on gilmore girls
sometime in april.grant-lee phillips : "soft asylum (no way out)"
from the lp strangelet
grant-lee...official siteon myspace