10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A noted record producer and multi-instrumentalist, Gurf Morlix is also one gripping singer. He established his name working with Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller and Robert Earl Keen, however, Last Exit to Happyland demands (much like his previous solo work) that Morlix stand in no one's shadow. Not surprisingly, he produces and arranges this solo album with an expert hand — playing all the instruments besides drums, handled by old friend Rick Richards. The sparse, tense arrangements lead you directly to Morlix's earthy tones, his knack for a solid, familiar melody and lyrics that tell stories or deliver smart, succinct quips on life. "One More Second" opens with an ominous murder. "She's a River" rests on a steady organ purring in the background and an unshakeable spiritual undertone. "Drums from New Orleans" grooves to a desperate voodoo vibe. "Music You Mighta Made" settles on a jaunty back-porch finger-picked riff and sweet, casual harmonies. "I Got Nothin'" chases the blues with a quiet, resilient grace. "Voice of Midnight" wraps things up with a gorgeous lullaby. Impressive from start to finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A noted record producer and multi-instrumentalist, Gurf Morlix is also one gripping singer. He established his name working with Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller and Robert Earl Keen, however, Last Exit to Happyland demands (much like his previous solo work) that Morlix stand in no one's shadow. Not surprisingly, he produces and arranges this solo album with an expert hand — playing all the instruments besides drums, handled by old friend Rick Richards. The sparse, tense arrangements lead you directly to Morlix's earthy tones, his knack for a solid, familiar melody and lyrics that tell stories or deliver smart, succinct quips on life. "One More Second" opens with an ominous murder. "She's a River" rests on a steady organ purring in the background and an unshakeable spiritual undertone. "Drums from New Orleans" grooves to a desperate voodoo vibe. "Music You Mighta Made" settles on a jaunty back-porch finger-picked riff and sweet, casual harmonies. "I Got Nothin'" chases the blues with a quiet, resilient grace. "Voice of Midnight" wraps things up with a gorgeous lullaby. Impressive from start to finish.

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