Al Rose â€“ My First Posthumous Release / 2008 Monkey Holding Peach / 13 Tracks / http://www.alrosemusic.com /
Al Rose has been around for quite a few years. â€œMy First Posthumous Releaseâ€ is his fifth CD, and the first release for Rose since 2003â€™s â€œGravity of Crowâ€. The five years in between the release of these albums ensures that each of the compositions on this album are mature as all get out. The folksy, bluesy sound of Rose during tracks like â€œDown The Mississippiâ€ is solid enough to ensure the widest possible fan base for the compositions on this album. Rose is talented enough that he can put forth a nearly-five minute track at the opening of the album, without losing anything in the way of listeners.
In fact, the momentum created during this introductory track ensures that listeners stick through the titular second track on the disc. Roseâ€™s vocals on â€œMy First Posthumous Releaseâ€ are a blend of Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Costello. The punchy, hard-hitting instrumentation on these tracks is easily equivalent in quality to that on a â€œJoeâ€™s Garageâ€ or other modern classic. â€œIâ€™m Gonna Miss Me When Iâ€™m Goneâ€ is the first slow, sorrowful track on the album. The inclusion of this track at the early section of the disc ensures that Rose does not paint himself in a corner; no one will know exactly what Rose will do on each of the following ten tracks on the disc. Â
â€œAll The Trains Are Goneâ€ brings Rose again to the realm of Warren Zevonâ€™s nuanced style of rock. Where Zevon struggled to try to make his tracks germane to all people, Rose takes the next step forward and is able to put forth an honest spin onto the track. â€œThe Miracle of Painâ€ goes back to a slower approach, and for the first time on â€œMy First Posthumous Releaseâ€, the instrumentation on the disc takes the focal point away from the vocals. This shift in the sound on Roseâ€™s disc ensures that listeners continue to stick with the album, and may even bring more converts to Roseâ€™s camp. The strength of each track on â€œMy First Posthumous Releaseâ€ is enough to make me want to purchase each of the previous albums by Rose. If you are around any of those locales where Rose plays, make a sojourn to see him. I can guarantee you will like his music.
Top Tracks: Guilty Pleasure, Ruby Shade