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GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS Mobilize (2001 UK issue 12-track CD album including See America Humankind Loves A Mystery and the Bonus Recordings Hugos Theme & Sunday Best picture sleeve with liner notes & lyrics COOKCD232)
Mobilise is Grant-Lee Phillips' first solo outing following the demise of his nearly eponymous band Grant Lee Buffalo, with whom he made four tremendous albums. It is the safest possible assumption that the only thing fans of Grant Lee Buffalo--and fans of intelligent, passionate and unashamedly epic rock & roll in general--will want from Phillips' solo career is that it sounds as much like Grant Lee Buffalo as possible. The news is all good: despite the impression created by the cover portrait, in which Phillips appears dressed as Napoleon, he has by no means parted company with the plot, his marbles or the recollection of what he was good at. Mobilise is a Grant Lee Buffalo album in all but name.
Opening track, "See America", sounds almost like a calculated reassurance: a road-movie lyric reminiscent of Grant Lee Buffalo's "Jupiter & Teardrop", and the same Phillips falsetto deployed to such memorable effect on "Mockingbirds". The rest of the album finds Phillips on peak form, especially the ferocious Waterboys-ish title track and the lovely nostalgic reverie "Beautiful Dreamers". It's like he never went away, but his return is nonetheless welcome for that. --Andrew MuellerSee all Product Description
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Grant-Lee'ssecond solo album further develops the atmosphere of his first solo album 'Ladies love Oracle'.
The range of styles and tempos on the album takes you from the 'Bowie- Space Oddity' like 'See America ' to the superbly layered 'Love's a Mystery' to the blues and gospel influenced 'Like a Lover';and to the up tempo,almost dance paced,'Spring released'.The title track 'Mobilize' shows Grant-Lee's harder edge and is very much in the mould of Grant-Lee Buffalo's last album 'Jubilee'.
'Mobilize' takes you on a journey through the cities ,small towns and back waters of Grant-Lee's America.You return from your travels felling lifted ,emotionally challenged and wanting more.
Less guitar-oriented than his previous output, 'Mobilize' blends highly danceable rhythms with well-crafted songs and wonderfully structured melodies. As with all the most durable albums, this one takes a few listens but it's well worth the wait. From the mid-tempo opener 'See America' and 'Like A Lover' to potential singles 'Humankind', 'Sadness Soot' and 'Spring Released', the album grips you and doesn't let go, there simply isn't a weak track to be found.
Largely upbeat and radio-friendly, 'Mobilize' should deliver Philips a new audience whilst retaining the core Buffalo support. Simply outstanding, and one of the most uplifting, surprising and wonderful records of the year.
From the opening track - See America - to the final - April Chimes - it is one extraordinary listen and should prove very popular given the airplay - unfortunately I think the only way you'll hear these songs, is if you buy the album - so go on a spend a few pound on a beautiful album - you'll not regret it.