March 16, 2008

Gary Louris - Vagabonds (2008)

I'm a longtime fan of the Jayhawks, and not exactly an unbiased reviewer. It's hard to believe that this is Gary Louris' first solo album, 19 years after Blue Earth came out. Although he mostly stays with the mellow alt. country vibe of Rainy Day Music, he seems to be trying out some new sounds, incorporating some soul on "Omaha Nights" and easing the guitars into a laid-back squall on "I Wanna Get High". It may not make any new converts, but fans will certainly find something here they like.