I had never heard, or heard of, Marah before until I read a rave review of this album on a blog that I really like, so decided to give it a shot. The first time I listened to it I though it was Steve Forbert singing, especially the guy started playing the harmonica. More "Alive on Arrival" than "Jackrabbit Slim, but a definite Forbert vibe, unlike with unmistakable nod to Springsteen. But unlike Amazon's main editorial review, I don't hear "Nebraska" at all. Instead, many songs on this album have a distinct "Greetings from Asbury Park" sound to them. And as far as I'm concerned that's a very good thing!
Marah has taken those influences and rocked things up a few of the songs (people have used the Replacements for comparison, but I lean more toward the Hold Steady as kindred musical spirits) and the results are mostly very good. I wasn't blown away by all of the songs. "The Catfisherman", for example, sounds like a hackneyed attempt at being funky that just doesn't click. But when these songs DO click and fire, the melodies and energy are infectious. Overall, a most impressive album.
- Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
- Original Release Date: March 21, 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Artemis Records
- ASIN: B00004RDJI
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,139 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)