Monday, December 25, 2006

Music I Liked And Didn't - 12/24/06 - 12/25/06

Possibly the last new music reviews of '06 from me...

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OAKLEY HALL: Gypsum Strings LP (Brah) - Oakley Hall is a Brooklyn-based project which is led by ex-Oneida member, Pat Sullivan. “Gypsum Strings”, is their third full-length release. The material contained in this album, covers a lot of ground. There’s a couple of pretty straight, organic country tracks with just vocals, acoustic guitar, and violin or banjo. There’s a couple more tracks that go for more of a country rock sound, which sometimes borders on having that big, corporate, 70’s country rock sound (think Pure Prairie League or the Eagles, yikes?!?) and are, as a result, less satisfying. On the majority of the tracks (and the album’s best material, as well) they crank up the Fenders, adding both crunchy rhythm guitars and tasteful electric leads to the sweet harmonies and acoustic strings to create a solid, updated take on that classic 60’s roots-fueled west coast psych sound. Not an unqualified winner throughout, but, overall, a fairly interesting and successful blend of old, familiar elements and modern sounds.

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Running Count For The Year

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1 comment:

joly said...

Video from the Gypsum Strings release party -