On paper, a collaboration between a frontman whose day job band is very much in the ascendency and his guitar tech seems like an impossibly bad idea. In reality, it sounds wonderful.
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Gaslight Anthem man’s very impressive side-project.
Last Rites, the short, piano-led mournful opener sets the scene for an album steeped in sublime, gentle beauty. Sure, there are a couple of moments that echo Gaslight – Behold The Hurricane would have worked on American Slang for example – but co-writing with longtime buddy Ian Perkins has brought out a different dimension to Brian Fallon’s creativity.
Mary Ann is possibly the finest song Tom Waits never wrote – all bluesy bluster and controlled chaos, while closer I Believe Jesus Has Brought Us Together recalls Paul Westerberg at his most fragile.
A wonderful album, then, despite its very random title.