Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Searching for a Truer Sound

Son Volt
Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Sony)

After two solo albums that found Jay Farrar a bit too mopey to make good music, he’s revived Son Volt (his post-Uncle Tupelo band) with new musicians and cut a rocking, raging disc that takes on politics with both wit and womp. Goes to show you need to get in touch with some people to write about democracy. The disc starts off too strong to sustain, approving of Woody Guthrie on track one, Dylan on track two, and dissing George “Jet pilot for the day washed his sins away” Bush on track three, but all-in-all, Farrar’s best since the essential Trace in 1994.


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