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Notes of Blue doesn't stretch and boundaries for Jay Farrar fans

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Son Volt, "Notes of Blue"
  • Son Volt, "Notes of Blue"
Jay Farrar can be counted on to indulge his Beat poet-surrealist muse every now and then, as evidenced by Son Volt albums like Okemah & the Melody of Riot and solo works like Terroir Blues in which he pulls off lyrics every bit as inventive as Sturgill Simpson’s. But on Notes of Blue — the first Son Volt studio album since 2013’s Honky Tonk — the seminal Americana band are hell-bent on having a good boot-stompin’ time. While the sentiments behind tracks like “Back Against the Wall” and “Promise the World” may be well-suited to these bitter times, Farrar doesn’t aim for profundity so much as a comfortable hootenany. And while the bandleader is clearly not trying to stretch any boundaries on Notes of Blue, fans will no doubt love it just the same.
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