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Lectric Prayer

Crosby Tyler

December 18, 2010 Comments: 0

Crosby Tyler says that he went into the recording studio to make Lectric Prayer without any rehearsal and with a group of complete strangers along for the ride. With such preparation, the result should have been a complete disaster, but this album is lively, compact and impressive.

Just to emphasise the ad hoc approach to this recording, one of the album’s best tracks, “Train To Heaven”, was written at the end of the first day’s recording when Tyler couldn’t sleep.
Crosby Tyler is a man who loves to tour and spends much of his time on the road encountering the misfits that he so enjoys writing about. After 2008’s somewhat pessimistic 10 Songs of America Today, Lectric Prayer tries to look on the slightly more optimistic side of life, although in reality Tyler thinks things will never really change and he will never run out of things to write and sing about.
With two-thirds of Nickel Creek, in the form of Sara and Sean Watkins, providing backing music and vocals, it’s not surprising that the album is impressive. There are a couple of mediocre tracks, notably “Pitchfork Brigade”. However, as this is immediately followed by the album’s outstanding track, Good Ol’ Circus Days, it’s easy to forgive that dip in quality and instead dream of applying your face paint, putting on your big shoes and being the next Frosty Little.
Additional backing music is provided by Don Heffington on drums & Sebastian Steinberg on standup bass and banjo.
Overall the album has quite a bluesy feel to it with “Oooh, You’re Scarin’ Me” being an obvious example. But it doesn’t really stick to any particular genre, and despite some variations in quality, this is never anything less than a solid album which maintains the listener’s interest throughout.
Ian Wall

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