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Shakey Graves, And the War Came (Dualtone Music Group)




Shakey Graves, And the War Came (Dualtone Music Group)
CD Reviews: November 6, 2014

11/06/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Shakey Graves, And the War Came (Dualtone Music Group)
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who self-released his debut LP, Roll the Bones, to universal acclaim (it’s hard to hate on a guy who accompanies himself with only a guitar and a drum made out of a suitcase). That album was intimate, comprised of buoyant, upbeat-if-weird ambiance and the world’s clumsiest version of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire,” which fits, being that Rose-Garcia’s own lyrics feature a lot of driving, drinking and pining. But in fact, though, Rose-Garcia seems to be going out of his way not to be the Bruce blue-collar hero character: he’s alienated and wants to quit his job to drink in a parking lot with his homies, sentiments that worked well in his shoestring-budgeted debut, but maybe even more so on this album, which includes a bunch of new musicians and an overall aesthetic that makes me think of Conor Oberst crashing a ZZ Top set. The problem is a lack of punch once you get used to the Muddy Waters-oriented sound, but then again, once there’s some punch to this generation of folkies, someone please shoot over a text. A-Eric W. Saeger





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