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This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely homage to his recent home of New York City. Opener ‘Miles Miles Miles’ has that swooning style of Bob Dylan circa ‘Highway 61 Revisited’. ‘Wild Side’ is even more Dylan if that were possible with its chugging acoustic guitars and reedy organ.
None of this Dylan worship is a bad thing of course and this is one classy sounding record. Morby’s plaintive voice recalls that of The Go-Betweens Grant McLennan and there is much of the romantic twinkle of Australia’s finest within the grooves. The title track changes tack completely with a quietly plucked organ/guitar and brushed drums underneath some keening vocals. A really evocative, poetic piece of music. ‘If You Leave and If You Marry’ is an acoustic lament a little bit more in the folky country style but ‘Slow Train‘ is utterly gorgeous, a little bit of Lambchop’s ‘Nixon’ era suburban drift, I even hear shades of Curtis Mayfield in the soulful atmospheres.
This is a beautiful record, full of soul and wonder. No disrespect to Woods and The Babies but I think Morby may have found his calling with this. Recommended.
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