Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost

Born There

by Steven Spoerl

19 August 2012

 

Born There rages with unexpected force.

cover art

Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost

Born There

(Self-released)
US: 10 Apr 2012
UK: 10 Apr 2012

Bob Reuter found his backing band in a hospital. This is an absurd story that colorfully illustrates and underlines how vital of a record Born There really is. After having a major bypass surgery Mat Wilson struck up a friendship with Reuter while making hospital visits and eventually formed a band to back Bob. The dozen tracks they recorded in Bob’s kitchen while he was recovering from surgery are some of the most blistering songs I’ve heard all year, recalling both the angry confrontational energy of Dylan going electric and the Violent Femmes at their most pissed off.

Every single track on Born There starts strong and builds into a visceral monument to Reuter’s spirit and the Alley Ghost’s raw talent and sense of musical history. The lyrics are as sharp as the music and delivered like a man intent on giving his all with the time he has left.

Born There

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article