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Luther Russell – Medium Cool

We get a lot of press material at GLONO. Like…a LOT. Back in the days before press kits went digital, Jake and I would get hollered at by the postal workers where our PO Box was in Chicago because they’d have to haul out all these overflow bins full of CDs, band photos and one-sheets. I am embarrassed to say we had to just dump a lot of that stuff. [I sold a ton of them on half.com – Jake.] We simply didn’t have the capacity to get through it all. Especially the really cliched press releases.

My least favorite press release trope is where someone tries to describe a band as “If [Well known, well respected artist A] and [Well respected, but somewhat obscure artist B] got together in [Exotic locale, hip town, or fictional setting] and had a love baby!”

I get it, it’s hard to come up with creative ways to describe a sound that will still resonate with the reader–it’s kinda the whole point of this site. But sometimes, I just wish they’d be straight and say, “Yeah, these guys sound like Badfinger.” I guarantee I would listen to that record.

And so I’ll tell it to you straight: This new Luther Russell album sounds like Big Star. It does. And I fucking love it. And why shouldn’t he have a bit of a Big Star thing going on? We all LOVE Big Star and Russell currently collaborates with Jody Stephens in Those Pretty Wrongs.

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Luther Russell – Repair

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For 16 years, Luther Russell has been releasing records, initially as a member of The Freewheelers and, since 1997, as a solo artist. Even though both Freewheelers records had the added benefit of being released on major labels and even though practically every record that Russell has touched resulted in positive feedback from critics, there’s a good possibility that many readers are muttering “Luther who?” to themselves right now.

Part of the reason for this is because Luther tends to approach each new album with a blank palate, and the resulting portraits tend to be exclusive of one another. Some of the same colors may be used in each album, but none of them tend to sound alike. Just when a few fans have got him pegged, he moves on to another style, leaving the supporters of the first direction a little put off.

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