10 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At just over 30 minutes, Notes of Blue is a spare-but-sturdy showcase for songwriter Jay Farrar’s world-weary voice. Using haunting guitar tunings borrowed from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Nick Drake, and Skip James, Farrar stacks up shimmering ballads ("Cairo and Southern,” "Promise the World”), smoldering midtempo laments ("Cherokee St."), and rowdy rockers ("Static," "Lost Souls").

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EDITORS’ NOTES

At just over 30 minutes, Notes of Blue is a spare-but-sturdy showcase for songwriter Jay Farrar’s world-weary voice. Using haunting guitar tunings borrowed from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Nick Drake, and Skip James, Farrar stacks up shimmering ballads ("Cairo and Southern,” "Promise the World”), smoldering midtempo laments ("Cherokee St."), and rowdy rockers ("Static," "Lost Souls").

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

sontupelo ,

About time

Glad to see new SV coming and the track is cool. Takes me back to Wide Swing Tremelo. Looking forward to the whole album.

SammyBonnie ,

Beautiful

I'm in love with this new Son Volt album. Very reminiscent of the first two Son Volt albums. Jay's voice still sounds absolutely fantastic.

walkerpogue ,

Dependable

If you're a fan of wandering down Jay Farrar's lonesome highway's then this most recent contribution won't disappoint. 'Notes of Blue' fit s squarely into the Son Volt canon. Dependable and a little bit too worn in to be commendable. I do hope that he-Jay Farrar- will inhabit the same spirit that created 'Graveyard Shift' before he becomes what he worships: an obscure bluesman.

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