The Upshot: You can’t help but get the feeling, like many of their other efforts, that the band is recycling some of their music.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
When Uncle Tupelo officially called it quits and splintered into two bands in the mid- ‘90s, it become apparent soon after who owned all of the country influences in the Jay Farrar/Jeff Tweedy split. While Tweedy went on a more standard indie rock path with Wilco, Farrar carried on down the alt-country road with his new endeavor Son Volt.
And eight records later, those influences are still front and center. But Farrar and co, also add in plenty of blues with their latest, Notes of Blue (from a more traditional blues take like “Cherokee St.” and “Sinking Down” to a modern garage/blues take on “Static”). The results are mixed. Lyrically, Farrer has always been ahead of many of his peers and that is still apparent on this latest album, with this collection of 10 thoughtful tunes. But you can’t help but get the feeling, like many of their other efforts, that the band is recycling some of their music.
The mix of blues, with their standard, folk and country is a nice addition, but may not be enough to win over folks who aren’t already Son Volt devotees.
DOWNLOAD: “Static,” “Lost Souls” and “Threads and Steel”