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Classic Album Review: Lester Quitzau | So Here We Are

The Edmonton blue singer and guitarist sets his sights high on this third solo album.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“To attain the unattainable is all I want from you,” Lester Quitzau announced on Waiting, a folksy ballad from his new album So Here We Are.

Obviously, this Edmonton singer-guitarist sets his sights pretty high. But for the most part, that sort of uncompromising initiative pays off on this third solo album from the Tri-Continental member. Equally divided between gutbucket electric-slide rockers and breezy acoustic strummers, these 12 blues-based cuts — 10 of Quitzau’s high-calibre originals and a pair of Muddy Waters classics — spotlight the thick, swampy tones of his amp, the burbling, lava-gush style of his picking and the dusty smoke of his voice. It all meets the highest standards — Lester’s own.