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Classic Album Review: Grant-Lee Phillips | Mobilize

Grant Lee Buffalo's leader hits the solo trail with this debut major-label release.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


He used to be the leader of rootsy alt-rockers Grant Lee Buffalo; now singer-guitarist Grant-Lee Phillips hits the solo trail with this debut major-label album of one-man-band balladry and elegant art-pop.

Expanding beyond the guitar-based sound of his old trio, Phillips journeys into a dreamy, soothing setting of keyboard moodiness, lightly jingling melodies and falsetto pop lullabyes. And he does it well — if you heard this at a party, it would be easy to think you were hearing an unreleased cut from the last U2 record, a Radiohead single you didn’t know about or even perhaps a stray Bowie track from his Fame days. Granted, this is nothing to stampede to the record store for. But for a first big-league effort, it should be enough to save his career from going over the cliff.