Author

Matt Birkbeck

After 15 indie albums, Howe Gelb’s eclectic acoustic- country-fuzz-rock unit makes its major-label debut. Glum’s divergent, all-is-welcome format radiates—from the rhythmic panting of ”Yer Rope” to the charming ”Bird Song” (written and sung by Gelb’s 7-year-old daughter). But it’s the distorted, ratty guitars and Gelb’s poetic, Lou Reed-like delivery that will make Glum a college rave.

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On his ninth album with the Bad Seeds, the brooding Australian spins affecting tales of love lost (”Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore”) and unrequited (”Do You Love Me?”) with a haunting passion and flair. It’s not all love and games for the morose one who spews raw meat on the louder and faster ”Jangling Jack.” But it’s his heartfelt laments that make Let Love In so compelling.

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