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TW Walsh

Songs of Pain and Leisure

(Graveface; US: 11 Oct 2011; UK: 11 Oct 2011)

Former Pedro The Lion man TW Walsh gets back to business with 10 tracks that remind us how much we loved his 2001 album Blue Laws. The opening “Make It Rhyme”, cowritten with David Bazan, sets the pace for a series of smart songs that highlight Walsh’s deft touches as a producer and, of course, musician. “My Little Brother” reeks of late ‘70s studio rock (Steely Dan) but without lyrics bent toward hedonism, “Plant A Garden” has a vintage Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young vibe, and “Capital Gains” proves irresistible, making you want to dance and think. The closing “Struggle and Strife” isn’t just the mellowest track on this collection, it’s also probably the prettiest.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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