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Luther Russell

Repair

(Adrenaline; US: 7 Aug 2007; UK: Available as import)

On his fourth album, Repair, singer-songwriter Luther Russell has assembled a satisfying mix of Americana, blues, indie folk, and downcast pop. The album kicks off with the Elliott Smith-y “Rise & Shine”, turning Revolver-era Beatles hooks into melancholic DIY pop. Catchy single “Everybody Falls in Love”, with its lazy charm and Byrds-like guitar picking, nods to Jeff Tweedy without copycatting. “When Your Way Gets Dark” is low-key boogie-woogie blues, complete with tickled ivories and turnarounds on the bass. Repair is a charming record, but it doesn’t try very hard to get noticed. If you’re willing to put in the time, though, Luther Russell’s latest will bring you many small rewards.

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Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he's been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


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