12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Suburban Songbook, Kevin Mitchell, a.k.a. Bob Evans, brings a dash of ‘60s pop magic to his plaintive folk songs. Slippery, dreamy melodies make “Friend” sound like a Beatles tune smoothened by the California sun. With its glazed horns and upright piano trills, “Don’t Walk Alone” nods to the likeminded approach of Elliott Smith. While the album luxuriates in a range of tones and moods—from the tipsy lullaby of “Me & My Friend” to the winking country rock of “Sadness & Whiskey”—Mitchell’s attention to quality never falters.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Suburban Songbook, Kevin Mitchell, a.k.a. Bob Evans, brings a dash of ‘60s pop magic to his plaintive folk songs. Slippery, dreamy melodies make “Friend” sound like a Beatles tune smoothened by the California sun. With its glazed horns and upright piano trills, “Don’t Walk Alone” nods to the likeminded approach of Elliott Smith. While the album luxuriates in a range of tones and moods—from the tipsy lullaby of “Me & My Friend” to the winking country rock of “Sadness & Whiskey”—Mitchell’s attention to quality never falters.

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About Bob Evans

Not to be confused with the U.S. sausage magnate -- or American country star Jimmy Dean, for that matter -- Bob Evans was in fact the solo alias of Kevin Mitchell, frontman for the Australian indie pop combo Jebediah. Born in Perth on October 1, 1976, Mitchell co-founded Jebediah in 1994, so named in honor of Jebediah Springfield, the fictional founder of The Simpsons' native Springfield, U.S.A. The band won Australia's annual National Campus Band Competition in late 1995, earning an appearance at the Summersault Music Festival the following year. Across the span of hit LPs including 1996's Twitch and 1999's Of Someday Shambles, Jebediah emerged as one of the nation's most popular young bands, and in 2004 Mitchell issued the first Bob Evans album, Suburban Kid, showcasing a more intimate, roots-flavored dimension of his songwriting. He resurrected the project for 2006's Suburban Songbook, issued via major label Capitol and recorded in Nashville with producer Brad Jones. ~ Jason Ankeny

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