A return to the sound of Grant Lee Buffalo . Guests include REM's Peter Buck . 2/12 add date at AAA for øSoft Asylum (No Way Out). National tour planned for Spring . Grant has a recurring role on The Gilmore Girls as øThe Town Troubadour'
Once the vision and voice behind the critically acclaimed alternative band Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant-Lee Phillips is now a five-album solo artist with an unpretentious shtick: sweeping melodies, narrative lyrics, and a truly hypnotic vocal style. After garnering success in both movie and television soundtracks and releasing a cover record of songs from the '80s underground, the Californian has made perhaps his most intimate recording yet. Phillips plays nearly every instrument (including ukulele) on a dozen songs that crisscross between anguish and optimism, discord and salvation, but are crafted with the deftness of a poet and the ingenuity of a composer. Those that rise to the top display the commanding influences of his '70s youth, most notably the folksy "Killing a Dead Man," which recalls Zuma
-era Neil Young, the country-blues singalong "Hidden Hand," and "Raise the Spirit," a down-and-dirty ditty that rattles the woofers as only Marc Bolan could. Still at the top of his game, Phillips is never one to allow his prolific initiative to sour--a formula that bodes well for record six, and all of us lucky enough to hear it. --Scott Holter