Grant-Lee Phillips – Strangelet (2007): Half Notes

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by Tom Johnson

Every time Grant-Lee Phillips puts out an album this happens: it comes out, I love it, and then it just falls into my routine. Whatever it is about Grant-Lee Phillips, he somehow has the right gearing to mesh with the gearing of my life with nary a hitch. And therein lies the rub: he gets forgotten. Same with Strangelet, which popped up in 2007 and slipped right into my listening for a while, becoming a quick fave, and then just became part of the background. Phillips’ music is that tired cliche of comfortable old shoe — it fits perfectly and feels good, but goes neglected until you really think about it. Don’t neglect this album.

‘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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