Title: Rustbelt Sun
Catalogue Number: Phantom 300 Records GFA001
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2007
More Scottish Americana courtesy of Glasgow's God Fearing Atheists. The vocals of lead singer Peter Lacey make us think of Neil Young crossed with a young Willie Nelson. With tasteful musical support by the rest of the band, this is an easy album to listen to.
The highlights are the melancholic "Some Letters Write Themselves" and the tale of that last resort called the "Bellgrove Hotel". The up-tempo "Mississippi" gave us the opportunity to sing along. "Darkness Visible" made us think of The Band and "Angel of Destruction" reminded us of, well, Neil Young. There is a lot of sadness in the lyrics to many of the songs but it has a soothing, introspective feel.
Perhaps not as immediately appealing as other contenders in the genre currently active in Scotland, this is nevertheless a worthy addition to your CD collection. They lack that certain sparkle that makes a band special but we suspect that the best is yet to come from them. In the meantime, this release will do nicely.
June 21, 2007
◄ Back to reviews list