CD Review: The Lazy Suns "Bar Music Hotel" | Music | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

CD Review: The Lazy Suns "Bar Music Hotel" 

click to enlarge cd-lazy-suns.jpg

The Lazy Suns Bar Hotel Music

(2016, Independent)

 The Lazy Suns' songwriters, Marc Clayton and Jeff Sohn, are every bit as infatuated with John Lennon as Gram Parsons. Consequently, their North Country version of country rock plays more on melody than twang, like London meeting the High Plains. In the opening minutes of "Bottom of the Hill," the Capital Region quintet pushes laconic T Bone Burnett phrasing against a loping country shuffle; mixes surf rock and spaghetti western motifs; and, naturally, melds orchestra bells with sweeping pedal steel atmospherics. The "Bottom of the Hill," it turns out, is a good place to land. So is "Little Star," a genuine, lilting pop gem that highlights Clayton's malleable, always-haunting voice and this group's way with an arrangement.

The Byrds jangle and Clayton/Sohn harmonies of "Rosary" do not disappoint. Nor do the hooky "Young Man's Game" (like Badfinger with George Harrison at the desk in 1971) or the even hookier "Dead Man's Shoes." There are weak spots—the Replacements-y "Aftershow" is a pale fascination with rock 'n' roll life, and "All the Burritos You Can Eat," while gloriously rocking, is as obvious as the Flying Burrito Brothers-name-checking title suggests. But Bar Hotel Music is as fine a slice of No Depression roots rock as you're likely to find. Unfortunately, steel man Rick Morse passed from cancer just after the album's release. Thankfully, the recording serves as a fitting epitaph, representing the pinnacle of Morse's lifelong work in an outfit and a style he cherished.

Speaking of...

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Common Ground

Oct. 6-Nov. 13 — A photography exhibition by Ellen Lynch. The exhibit pairs separate photographs of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Michael Eck

Hudson Valley Tweets