Despite a storied history that includes Grant Lee Buffalo
and its short-lived successor Shiva Burlesque, Grant Lee Phillips’ considerable
talents as a singer and a songwriter have yet to elevate him above the radar. Recorded
in a mere four days, Little Moon ought to be the effort that takes him over the top and thrusts him into the
It’s a giddily accessible set, brimming with pop perfection
and tunes that effectively take hold even on first hearing. The cheery welcome
of “Good Morning Happiness,” the sparkling “Strangest Thing,” a surging “Seal
It with a Kiss” and a quietly compelling “One Morning” maximize the melodic
appeal through tasteful yet subdued arrangements and effusive but assured
performances. Likewise, the jaunty twosome, “It Ain’t the Same Old Cold War
Harry” and “The Sun Shines on Jupiter,” parlay a cocky confidence even as
hushed ballads “Violet” and “Buried Treasure” show his sensitivity.
In a word, it’s wonderful. Or in several… charming,
iridescent and a pure delight.
Tracks: “Good Morning Happiness,” “Strangest Thing” LEE ZIMMERMAN