Pop Matters Gives An Awesome Review of G. Love’s New Album!
March 07 ,2011
International magazine Pop Matters gives an awesome review of G. Love’s new album ‘Fixin’ to Die,’ and calls it, “the best studio recording of G. Love’s career.” Pop Matters also discusses some of the killer tracks off the album, as well as the process G. went through when writing the album:
“Indeed, sans Special Sauce, (with the exception of drummer Jeffery “The Houseman” Clemens, used on five tracks) it’s a different record from what G. Love fans might expect. Love’s affinity for hip-hop inflection is replaced with a more sincere, singer-songwriter or bluesman vocal delivery. While he’s recorded and released a country record previously, this collection is rooted in the mid-Atlantic Appalachia of the Avett Brothers; banjo, upright bass, and dobro abound, amidst vigorous hand and foot percussion. And it’s mostly an acoustic record with very little electric guitar. That said, he plays harmonica in just about every track. And despite a sense of loss that pervades most of the album, it retains his effervescent mannerisms. So it’s certainly recognizable as G. Love, just in a distinctive context.”
“While lyrically rooted in the blues, “The Road” and “Home” are both upbeat, catchy, toe-tapping Appalachian melodies that convey the loneliness of being away from a loved one. On the former, Scott Avett feathers the verses with meticulously strummed banjo, while on the latter, Seth’s affectionate tenor sweetly echo Love’s. And “Walk on” is another track rooted deep in the hill country of North Carolina, where Fixin’ to Die was recorded, with an ebullient and soulful melody played on banjo, piano and acoustic guitar. “Katie Miss” is an achingly beautiful ballad that blends Scott’s lulling tender banjo, Seth’s soothing backing vocals and Love’s nylon stringed guitar in glorious, perfect three-part harmony.”
Be sure to read the full review by Pop Matters by clicking here!
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