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Here's to Taking It Easy [Digipak]
1. It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)
2. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
3. We'll Be Here Soon
4. Mermaid Parade, The
5. I Don't Care If There's Cursing
6. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
7. Hej, Me I'm Light
8. Heaven, Sittin Down
9. Los Angeles
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 025
Lyricist: Matthew Houck.
Recording information: Brooklyn, NY (07/2009-10/2009).
Matthew Houck may operate out of the too-cool-for-school, New York City indie rock community, but the Alabama-born mastermind behind Phosphorescent has a muse that clearly resides in warmer climates. A breezy, classic rock-tinged collection of heartbreak road ballads nursed into existence on a steady diet of the Eagles and the Band, Here's to Taking It Easy, the first Phosphorescent release to rely on musicians other than Houck, plays like a lost piece of vinyl from the early '70s. Houck is a generous, earnest songsmith, and his tales of love on the rocks ("Tell Me Baby [Have You Had Enough]"), love lost ("Heaven, Sittin' Down"), and love of the South ("It's Hard to Be Humble [When You're From Alabama]") feel lived in and cared for. Even on autopilot (the slight "I Don't Care If There's Cursing" and the hippy-drippy "Hej, Me I'm Light"), his effortless, laid-back version of modern alt-country feels like an old friend, and the weepy, sun-drenched reverb that permeates the whole affair feels authentic rather than coerced out of a Pro Tools plug-in. The only downfall is that Here's to Taking It Easy is so easy to take that at only nine songs, it flies by in no time at all. ~ James Christopher Monger
Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a record of broken communication and undone relationships....[The] songs skitter round your peripheral vision, hide in the back of your mind, their outlaw mental state playing hide-and-seek behind the classic rock curtains."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.57) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "Recorded in three nights in Brooklyn, it was lovingly tweaked over six months in Houck's studio."
Pitchfork (Website) - "'We'll Be Here Soon' expertly recreates the feel of a late-night Mexican cantina. Then there's the closing 'Los Angeles,' which offers up a faithful facsimile of Neil Young's bruised guitar heroics."
Uncut (magazine) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Houck has a crack in his singing voice that gives it natural sensitivity....Houck's arrangements ensure the mood is rousing, uplifting, but also thoughtful."
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