Mission Temple Fireworks Stand
T.J. Simon's #2 album for 2002
First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2003, Volume 10, #2
Written by T.J. Simon
Paul Thornís third outing Mission Temple Fireworks Stand is an unapologetic romp through the Tupelo nativeís world of faith and morality. Thorn is a former professional boxer and the son of a Pentecostal preacher who has penned songs for Jerry Jeff Walker and Kim Richey. His own recordings recall the voice of John Hiatt and the songwriting of Lyle Lovett ó particularly on the boogie-woogie gospel title track and the life-affirming rocker Rise Up. He migrates effortlessly between rootsy rock, mainstream country, and barn burning boogie-woogie. Thereís not a bad song on this disc from the guitar-centered opener Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line to the worldly wise closer Iím a Lucky Man.
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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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