Phosphorescent - Here’s To Taking It Easy (3 stars)

Phosphorescent - Here’s To Taking It Easy

(Dead Oceans)

Up until now, Phosphorescent has been the solo work of Alabama-born, NYC resident Matthew Houck. But from the opening horn parps of ‘It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)’ it’s clear this is a more expansive, full-band blow out, blending vintage white boy soul, Americana and good old rock ‘n’ roll, with occasionally scintillating results. The E Street Band immediately spring to mind on that opening track, but The Flying Burrito Brothers are a better touchstone for much else here, ragged, unkempt country rock with an impressive ear for melody and a sadness in its heart. No bad thing.

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