Music You Don't Know You Like Yet
2008-09-19The main force behind this band is Arizona native Howe Gelb. He channels his inner Leonard Cohen for vocals as well as playing guitar and piano. This album was recorded mostly in Denmark with Danish musicians on bass, drums, and slide guitar. The addition of the Electric Apes (from Canada)horn section on several tracks makes this alt-country album a truly international affair. Several guests join in on vocals, notably Neko Case on the country-noir "Without A Word" and M. Ward on "Can Do" (sounding quite a bit like Johnny Cash, no less). This seems to be the perfect album for a night-long drive through the desert. Unfortunately, living in Michigan, we'll just have to listen and use our imagination. Reviewed by Rebecca Ruth
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