5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dark, dark, dark,
This review is from: Lost Son (Audio CD)
Richmond Fontane very much sounds like early, No Depression-era Uncle Tupelo, attempting the folk at-times, punk at-times balance that was UT's trademark. In fact, lead singer Willie Vlauten's voice sounds so much like Jay Ferrar's raw, untrained voice on "No Depression" that it's eerie.
While "Lost Son" does not approach any of UT's albums in quality, it surpasses UT in the darkness of the lyrics and the stark contrasts in the musical styles on the album. The lyrics tell vivid stories of death, deceit, murder, prostitution, muggings, alcoholism (you know, all the great things in life.) These bleak stories are centered around rural life in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. They are vivid enough that I found myself thinking about the hapless characters in the songs hours after I finished listening to the album. The music ranges from EXTREMELY loud punk with a rusty rural sound to slow, lilting acoustic chords that you can fall asleep to. Richmond Fontane even runs this range of styles in one song!
Bottom line is, this album will probably be more interesting to you if you are a fan of Uncle Tupelo's "No Depression" and "Still Feel Gone" albums. "Lost Son" is a new interpretation of those classic albums. I wouldn't recommend buying this album if you aren't familiar with those two albums; it is a very dark and moody album with a musical style that is unique to them and Uncle Tupelo. Go buy "No Depression" and/or "Still Feel Gone", and if you like those albums, keep Richmond Fontane's "Lost Son" in mind.