First Appeared at The Music Box, November 2002, Volume 9, #11
Written by John Metzger
Over the past few years, Will Kimbrough has been making a name for himself by backing up fellow Nashville outsiders Matthew Ryan, Josh Rouse, and Amy Rigby. His sophomore effort Home Away, however, ought to put Kimbrough on the map as an artist in his own right. Throughout the album, Kimbrough takes on a variety of personas from rock’s past, from George Harrison on the sunny, psychedelic pop of Letdown to Pink Floyd on the space-folk track Anita O’Day.
Indeed, this latest age of rock ’n‘ roll seems to be one in which the genre draws heavily upon itself. That’s alright, too, given artists from Wilco to Ryan Adams to Radiohead have found ways to say something new within what was once thought of as a tired context. At its best, Home Away recalls Wilco’s Summerteeth and Adams’ Gold, and although Kimbrough has yet to reach that realm consistently, the album clearly shows he’s on the right track.
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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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