Friday, August 13, 2010

Peter Case • The Man with the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar

Our final archival review to celebrate "Peter Case Week." Next week I will post my interview with Peter, so stay tuned...

Three years later, Peter Case releases his second solo album. A stunning companion to Peter Case, Blue Guitar doesn't really cover any new ground. Producers J. Steven Soles, Larry Hirsch and Case employ the same arrangements and production that T Bone Burnett did on the last one, and the territory covered is quite similar.

"Charlie James" is a traditional tune delivered in a traditional manner, and is followed by a gem called "Put Down the Gun." Other great songs are "Entella Hotel," "Travelin' Light," and my favorite, "This Town's a Riot." Case performed a few of these last spring when he played the Central, and the only differences here are that the songs are backed by a full band, most of the time, and are recorded in beautiful digital stereo.

Again, nothing new has been unearthed here. Peter Case's songs are as strong as ever, as focused and unique as anything else he's done. If you liked Peter Case, you'll like this one, and if you didn't, you won't.
[what a cop out ending!—ed.] [perhaps I was edited heavily?—ed.]

(from The Rocket, Seattle, May 1989)
3/5 (Geffen)

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