Grant Lee Phillips is without question one of America's finest songwriting talents. Having released four critically acclaimed records with the late Grant Lee Buffalo, this, his first full length solo release finds him in blistering form. 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.