Love, Murder, & Mosquitos
First Appeared at The Music Box, April 2004, Volume 11, #4
Written by John Metzger
Throughout a career that has spanned 38 years, Paul Geremia has made music that sounds like it was plucked from a much earlier time. His albums consistently have been comprised of a handful of his own compositions, which sit comfortably within a sea of older material, and everything he touches is performed with the utmost precision in an acoustic, country-blues style. His latest outing Love, Murder, & Mosquitos, offers more of the same, and its 18 tracks feature his stellar guitar playing and smooth, but world-weary vocals. He takes on the Bush administration in an updated rendition of New Bully of the Town; tackles the problem of homelessness on Evil World Blues; and revisits gems from the likes of Charlie Patton, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and George Carter. Indeed, there may not be a better interpreter of the classics than Geremia, whose emotive, organic edge keeps the material feeling fresh.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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