CHRIS SHIFLETT (Foo Fighters) is a big talent. Let’s get that out of the way. Oh yeah and this cd by the way is a solid debut album. ANY ARTIST would be proud of the first time solo work here.
There is a lot of talk when a lead guitarist/noted musician sets out on his own detour.
How good are the songs? How good can he sing? etc etc. People should realize this cd is not going to challenge The Jayhawks, The Band or Blue Rodeo’s extensive catologue. Their careers are already made of years of killer material.
But hell, the songwriting on Bandaged, Get Along, the slow intensive burn of God Damn is very good. The Dead Peasant Band: Greig Leiz, Davey Faragher, drummer John Lousteau and Derek Silverman on keyboards are DEADLY. This band plays with so much soul it’s scary.
Other highlights include An Atheists Prayer and opening song Helsinki. If the touring band and Shiflett can match this cd could do very well on repeated listens. I will be adding this one to my radio show playlist.
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