As Chris Robley’s critically acclaimed 2005 full-length debut proved, there will always be room for one more inventive multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a passion for telling tales from the dark side of life. The Portland, Oregon, native’s second solo offering Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love mines a similarly bleak vein (acquaintances don’t call him “the Stephen King of indie pop” for nothing) but this time around he’s in a more expansive mood musically with an eclectic array of instruments ranging from sleigh bells to vibraphone, mellotron to Baldwin explorer providing the hook-laden orchestration for his intimate story-songs to hang upon. Listen carefully on the jazzed-up country-gothic standout “Culture Jammer”, or the equally excellent Tom Waits-ish south-of-the-border gypsy waltz “Centaurea”, and between the joyous bursts of Mariachi trumpets (all courtesy of a four-tracked James Gregg) and gently plucked banjo, poetic narratives of death’s shadowy life-affirming presence rise up to greet you.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article