Release Date: Mar 27, 2007
Record label: Zoe
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Grant Lee Phillips is a singer whose work seems so natural and effortless you can almost miss just how good he really is. Phillips' tone is rich and satisfying, but he also has a keen sense of how to meld his voice with his accompanists, and though the dreamy folk-rock of his best-known material is as comfy as an easy chair, the craft is solid and precise, and there's enough intelligence and diversity in his arrangements to indicate he isn't sleepwalking. 2007's Strangelet is a more ambitious album than the three releases that preceded it -- unlike the covers set Nineteeneighties, Phillips wrote all the material, and the production aims for a fuller sound than the often spare approach of Mobilize and Virginia Creeper.