Beginning his new album with a song that sounds like a coda, Jay Farrar’s re-tooled Son Volt returns to retail shelves today via The Search. Following up 2005’s Guthrie inspired Okemah and the Melody of Riot, The Search feels like a natural progression with it’s extended (electric) instrumentation, socio-political lyrics, and Farrar’s trademark rough-hewn drawl.
The album, as a whole, excels in it’s simplicity; i.e., do not expect a reinvention of the wheel. If you’re an existing Farrar/Son Volt fan, count on the same comfortable terrain mapped out on previous Farrar incarnations stretching back to the Uncle Tupelo days. Farrar tends to have two creative sides he likes to mine; much like Neil Young, he opts for a) quiet, pensive, acoustic based songcraft, or b) all out classic rock guitar attacks. Before the release of the Okemah album, many fans (myself included) were beginning to wonder if Jay still owned an electric guitar, let alone played one, so, in that regard, these “electrified” LPs are a welcome return to form.
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MP3: Son Volt :: Slow Hearse
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Amazon: Son Volt – The Search
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