US - New York - Full Moon 95 - 07/02/04
A Guess at the Riddle
David Grubbs has quite a history, as a member of Red Krayola and Gastr del Sol. His solo career
spans nine albums too. Now comes his latest. The words are clever and demanding and the music is
smart and imaginative.
"A Cold Apple" chimes like Elliott Smith used to. "Wave Generators" has words by author Rick
Moody (The Ice Storm) and they are fascinating. Musically it's lifted by a cello and some
vocal levity by Grubbs. "You'll never tame me" is based on an experience during an Iggy Pop Concert
but its hardly a hard rockin' song. It's elegant chamber pop with a drifting mood.
"Your Neck in the woods" is remarkable. "What's new
in your neck of the woods / I'm curious because people here don't care" ponders Grubbs as
he plays the piano. The narrator of "One way out if the maze" seeks escape but can't achieve it.
Musically it nods towards Lou Reed.
This record is a thoughtful, poised thing.
Copyright © 2004 Anna Maria Stjärnell