Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Record label: Bar/None Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Power Pop
Described as his "most focused album yet," and possibly his nine-millionth, Make It Be is Moore's collaboration with Jason Falkner of Jellyfish (among others). Both bring exactly what you'd expect to the table - Moore a childish baritone that can somehow make even the mundane statements ("strictly prohibited") seem potent, while Falkner provides a breezy power pop that's most effective when pinned down under Moore's vocals. I H8 Ppl opens proceedings rather misanthropically ("No expections!" Moore bellows at one point), but the rest is less hateful.
Strange bedfellows can make great music together, as evidenced by this collaboration between R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner, Make It Be. Moore's impulse-driven lo-fi aesthetic serves as the perfect counterpart to Falkner's thoughtful, refined power pop. It's not so much a second coming of Lennon and McCartney as it is the marriage of Let It Be's rougher, tougher tendencies and Magical Mystery Tour's mind-bending melodies all swaddled in unforgettable hooks that dig in deep and fast.
The pairing of power pop wizard Jason Falkner and legendary weirdo R. Stevie Moore may at first seem like a strange match, but it's clear right away that the two musicians bring out the best in each other. Falkner's studio wizardry and tight arrangements rein in Moore's predilections for formless noise, and Moore's careening songs give Falkner's sometimes too tightly buttoned-up approach a goose.
P rolific doesn't begin to cover the output of lo-fi eminence grise R Stevie Moore, a man who scarcely gets out of bed without releasing an album first. But of the 400 or so releases he's put out over his career, few have been recorded in an actual studio, which makes this latest effort all the more intriguing. For it he's teamed up with Jason Falkner, former member of underloved 1990s power-pop outfit Jellyfish and producer for everyone from Air to Paul McCartney.
The Upshot: At times odd, others pristinely poppy, the collaboration ultimately seems perfectly natural. BY MICHAEL TOLAND R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner may live in different worlds, but they have a lot in common. Both are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters dedicated to the art of the hook ….
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