Black Eye Galaxy

Black Eye Galaxy

by Anders Osborne
     
 

Anders Osborne extended his reach as a guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist on his Alligator debut, American Patchwork, in 2010. It was louder, wilder, and more psychically free than anything he'd issued previously, while retaining his singer/songwriter skills so wonderfully displayed on 2007's See more details below

Overview

Anders Osborne extended his reach as a guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist on his Alligator debut, American Patchwork, in 2010. It was louder, wilder, and more psychically free than anything he'd issued previously, while retaining his singer/songwriter skills so wonderfully displayed on 2007's Coming Down. Black Eye Galaxy is the culmination of this trilogy, albeit being a startlingly new entity. It seamlessly marries desperate, overloaded, molten hard rock and blues to expertly written songs that grow more tender, accepting, and optimistic by the set's close. Osborne creates something totally his own; genres cease to matter. Co-produced by Osborne, Stanton Moore, and engineer Warren Riker, the meld of sounds is immediate, gripping, sometimes harrowing, and always uncompromising no matter what is being expressed. The primal "Send Me a Friend" is a boatload of riff-and-roar. It's a redefinition of the blues regardless of whether it follows 12 bars. The song is about the complete isolation of addiction; it's a howl of terror and pleading to an unknown God with bludgeoning riffs and a ripping solo. "Mind of a Junkie" begins by crossing Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Wes Montgomery. Its lyrics reveal the cycle of addiction, recovery, relapse, and beginning again, the frustration and dangers and character flaws all expressed honestly and without artifice. Its angular guitar solo moves into a strange, lovely terrain, never leaving the soul of the tune behind. "Black Tar" is a slide guitar screamer; Osborne's vocals, plodding rhythm section, and effects just crackle, break, and crunch, without sacrificing melody in the punishing thud. The title track is a long, haunting, and labyrinthine psychedelic ballad, with gorgeous guitar and rhythm section interplay; it's a wellspring of inspired improvisation. Despite the brief respite of a gorgeous love song in the middle of all this, "Lean on Me/Believe in You," the first half of the record is pure stress, strain, and primal shriek. The set's final four songs are, by contrast, nearly serene, as the country-ish "Tracking My Roots" gives way to the acoustic traveling song "Louisiana Gold." The languid 4/4 love song that is "Dancing in the Wind" sets up the stellar closer. "Higher Ground" is like a gospel testament, but it's personal, not evangelical. With Stevie Blacke's sparse but nearly regal strings and backing vocals by Osborne's band, wife, and children, it's an anthem about the transformative power of love itself. Black Eye Galaxy rises from the depths of an individual's hell transformed via its songwriter's vision to the heights of possibility -- personally, poetically, and musically. It's the most consistent, expertly rendered offering in Osborne's catalog, the place where everything and everywhere he's been as a musician come together in a glorious whole.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551494829
catalogNumber:
4948
Rank:
61242

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anders Osborne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Stevie Blacke   Strings
Stanton Moore   Percussion,Drums
Sarah Osborne   Background Vocals
Carl Dufrene   Bass,Vocals
Billy Iuso   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Bolivar   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Aria Iuso   Background Vocals
Rose Osborne   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Butler   Composer
Paul Barrére   Composer
Stevie Blacke   String Arrangements
Bruce Iglauer   Mastering
Warren Riker   Producer,Engineer
Anders Osborne   Composer,Producer
Paul Natkin   Cover Photo
Michael Trossman   Logo
Stanton Moore   Producer
Alex Brahl   Management
Collin Jordan   Mastering
Garry Buck   Booking
Joshua Knight   Booking
Jimmy Mac   Road Manager

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