Phosphorescent - Here’s To Taking It Easy
- Doug Johnstone
- 12 May 2010
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.