Boomkat Product Review:
Grubbs has become something of a legend in cognoscenti music circles - and yet somehow awareness of how actually pop this music is has remained consigned to footnotes in worthier - wordier magazines. Hearing this is something akin to checking the Go Betweens for the first time, or perhaps the more personal Elliot Smith pieces, shown of the mccartney fixation. Sure his voice isn't a crystalline faultless thing, but thats predominantly what makes this album so approachable and downright enjoyable. Like all the great songwriters, and i'm thinking of the late great Townes Van Zandt and Richard thompson in particular, its all about the delivery and the import, rather than any nominal idea of purity of tone. Fans of Jim O'Rourke's poppier end should take a look as there's some excellent free tracks which sneak out on you into the centre of this excellent album - as well as any one fancying a dalliance with some well sprung vocal, unfussily constructed guitar music. Surprise yourself and take a chance, as this is something very fine indeed. Highly Recommended.