The Upshot: Hooks galore and an artistic shout-out that’s well worth heeding.
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Glenn Morrow knows a little something about what it takes to make a good record. As the owner/proprietor of indie label Bar/None, he helped further the careers of such distinguished artists and ensembles as the Feelies, Freedy Johnson, the dB’s, R. Stevie Moore and Jason Faulkner, among others. And as a musician, he’s taken his turn in the spotlight, courtesy of his tenure as a member of the Individuals and Rage to Live.
He reflects that certain savvy with Cry For Help, an album boasting hooks galore and the kind of melodic prowess that makes it a record worth return listens prior to confining it to a permanent berth on the shelf. Morrow’s assertive stance is dominant throughout, but even the most driving delivery he can muster — as evidenced in songs such as “Return of the Wild One” (a co-write between Morroa and his band), “Bleeker and Third” and “Pony Express” — doesn’t overwhelm the listener with either pomp or pretension. Likewise, when he opts for a more celebratory sound, as in “Third Act” and “Let the Kid Come Out,” the optimum engagement is all but assured.
Suffice it to say that Morrow’s Cry For Help is a shout-out that’s well worth heeding.
DOWNLOAD: “Third Act,” “Return of the Wild One,” “Bleeker and Third”