Monday, August 2, 2010

Music review for LEO: Blue Giant

Blue Giant's new album recently hit record stores and I wrote a review that appears on page 27 of this week's LEO. You can also read it on their website, or here.

Blue Giant

Blue Giant
(Vanguard Records)
{ sunshine }

This is what can happen when veteran musicians have fun while ignoring genre distinctions. Blue Giant's debut full-length (and follow-up to their acclaimed Target Heart EP) will meander, strut, whistle, and wail its way out of your speakers (or ear buds) and into permanent residence in your cortex (or soul). Brings: bluesy country licks and mournful piano melodies, paired with buzzy wandering solos and stomp-your-foot rhythms. Sunny with a chance of some dark clouds, the resultant soundscape is an unexpectedly pleasant dose of Dixie-fried rock that flirts perfectly with both freewheeling twang and 60's psychedelia. Kevin Robinson's voice is at once friendly and brash, which suits his vivid and frequently story-driven lyrics, coupling perfectly with co-writer Anita and even a guest appearance by Corin Tucker. Each cut stands on its own, and taken altogether the record adds up to just over 40 minutes of excellent reasons to spin it again.

You can check out their music at their website, they also have a Myspace, and you can stream the entire album here.

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