Gruff Rhys "American Interior" (Turnstile Records, 2014)
This outing follows a long and time honored tradition of creative musical writing and lyrical interplay, going back as far as I can remember. And while certainly not on the same sunny side of the street as say The Kinks, 10CC, or even Sparks, anyone with enough musical knowledge riding in their back pockets can certainly connect the dots.
While the music is certainly wonderful, it’s the lyrical narrative and presentation that grabs me, almost demanding that I pay attention, for fear that if I don’t, I’m going to miss something important and memorable. Fully realizing that others are going to wave off this outing as nothing more than Super Furry Animals cutting room floor outtakes ... I can assure your, that’s hardly the case, as Gruff Rhys moves the listener forward by setting down some familiar stepping stones, that gently lead and morph in new directions.
Don’t get off the train yet ... there are some brilliant visions waiting ahead.
Review made by Jenell Kesler/2014
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