Grant-Lee Phillips | A Review Of Little Moon

As a relatively unknown artist Grant-Lee Phillips has hidden with the shadow of his indie label Rounder Records making world class music. His albums call to mind the legends of eras gone by like the Boss and Bob Dylan even a little bit of Neil Young for good measure, they touch upon the very fabric of what made those artists so prolific. Maybe because Phillips is himself more generationally apt when it comes to such men, Phillips became known and distributed only ten years ago but within that time he has released a number of albums that achieve a kind of humble greatness. In his latest album Little Moon, Phillips delivers an emotive auditory experience that genuinely excites the listener.
There is something to be said for musicians of the working class and their take on music. It seems they have created their own niche where lyrics speak of the impossible which has been achieved and all of the dreams seem to of come true while baring the red and white banner within their front shirt pocket, boldly titled, Marlboro. These images are the embodiment of the American Dream-centric artists whose gentle souls seem to exude reflective playfulness and insight in every note and lyric. Songs like the Strangest Thing highlight the style of Phillips as a piano laced tune with the refrain that states “I don’t feel bad when Cash wares black I hear the train coming…”, you get an idea of where this singer song writer is coming from. Key tracks are, Little Moon, Strangest Thing, Seal It With A Kiss and Older Now.

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