Half Notes: Grant Lee Phillips – Virginia Creeper (2004)

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by Tom Johnson

This is an album I grew so comfortable with so quickly that it nearly slipped my mind that it came out only in 2004 and is actually not an album I grew up listening to. Granted, Phillips has hardly changed his MO since disbanding Grant Lee Buffalo — which brings to mind the question “why not keep the band going if your solo material sounds just like the band bearing your name?” So warm and inviting is Phillips’ brand of country-ish twang that it seemed to carve out a little niche in my life and made itself a part of my internal soundtrack.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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