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Album Review

Chris Lee gives us pop lyrics with vaguely blue horn backed arrangements. His avant-garde past brings in the occasional unexpected metaphor and turns to this exquisite collection of songs. Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley was so interested as to co-produce and perform on this album. A heightened honesty exudes from this album that lacks pretense and unnecessary ornamentation. The room left is taken up by authenticity and the crisp emotional effect of sudden sadness displayed with musical economy.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

During the early '90s, North Carolinian indie rock singer/songwriter/writer Chris Lee was a member of the alt-country group Pine State Boys and a contributor to the zine Tuba Frenzy. After he moved to Brooklyn, he formed Mishagas, a folk/improv band, and wrote for the Wire and Spin. At this point Lee was also writing more heartfelt pop songs that didn't fit the context of Mishagas; with a few solo shows under his belt, he recorded his self-titled debut album with Home bassist Brad Truax and the Gold...
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