Phosphorescent CD reviewed by Troy Brookins

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Phosphorescent CD reviewed by Troy Brookins
Feb 11, 2009, 19:09

Phosphorescent - To Willie


Brooklyn's Mathew Houck follows his 2007 standout Pride with a tribute to outlaw-country-pot-smoking-icon Willie Nelson. Unlike Carla Bozulich's single album interpretation of Red Headed Stranger, Houck delivers eleven tracks that span Nelson's career. If you're familiar with Phosphorescent's live show then you know that Houck throws in a cover or two, ranging from Dire Straights to George Jones, so the penchant to cover Nelson isn't just some douche bag slinging karaoke bullshit. Houck takes Nelson's songs and makes them his own while not straying too far from the original blueprint. While you're never going to beat Willie Nelson at his own game, To Willie is one of those rare tribute records that transcends the novelty of a typical cover record and brings original subtleties to the songs that make you forget that you're listening to someone else's material. And judging by the number of lousy tribute/cover records out there—that's something to be commended. [Dead Oceans]

-Troy Brookins


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