Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jack Logan & Liquor Cabinet|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
With his mumbled baritone and lo-fi, get-it-down-quick approach to recording and his unlikely subject matter (everything from public speaking to house fires), Jack Logan sets up numerous obstacles before his music. For tho... more »
With his mumbled baritone and lo-fi, get-it-down-quick approach to recording and his unlikely subject matter (everything from public speaking to house fires), Jack Logan sets up numerous obstacles before his music. For those willing to jump over those hurdles, the reward is one of the quirkiest, freshest songwriting talents to emerge in the '90s. Logan never tells the whole tale, but the intriguing details of his lyrics remind us of the unfinished stories in our own lives. This air of suspense is reinforced by the unpolished but urgent music, whether it takes the form of hard-rock guitar distortion or lazy honky-tonk strumming. For years Logan spent his days repairing electric motors in Athens, Georgia, and his evenings writing and recording songs with a bunch of similarly employed pals in living rooms and basements. Only after lots of pestering did Logan send 630 songs from 14 years of widely varying sessions to Minnesota's Medium Cool Records, which chose 42 of them for Logan's two-CD debut, 1994's --Bulk. His second album, --Mood Elevator, is a more focused project; it only contains 17 songs and they all come from a single set of sessions in Indiana last year with the same band, Athens' Liquor Cabinet. Inevitably, --Mood Elevator lacks the breath-taking breadth of his debut, but it does boast half a dozen of Logan's finest efforts. --Geoffrey Himes
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"I bought this cd on a reviewers suggestion. I listened to it once and could not get the songs out of my head. Having had time recently to give this recording several listens I highly recomend it to anyone who wants straight forward lo fi rock . Try Walter Clevenger and the DAIRY Kings for some excellant 2 to 3 minute songs."
loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 08/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How did I manage to miss the 1996 release "Mood Elevator" by Jack Logan and his cadre of backing musicians, dubbed Liquor Cabinet? As many have noted, his debut effort, "Bulk," cast a long shadow, and I think, after finding "Bulk" a bit too loose and free-wheeling, I sort of forgot about Mr. Logan to some extent (though I'm a big fan of the Roach Brothers).
"Mood Elevator" is aptly titled, and anyone listening will certainly be in a better frame of mind and spirit afterwards. The subjects of some of the songs and the choice of metaphors are off-center enough to strike some as odd, but, in fact, this quirky nature lends depth and interest to these songs, which do not dwell on the ever popular themes of bad relationships, look what I have that you don't, or I'm cooler and badder than you are.
Mr. Logan takes care of the vocals here, allowing Kelly Keneipp, Dave Phillips, Aaron Phillips, Terry Roach (of the aforementioned Roach Brothers--the other Roach Brother, Jamie is the engineer) and others to play their instruments and chime in with background vocals and, in one song, laughter.
This is rock without the trapping of ego. The music is bright, upbeat, and catchy. If this set of unpretentious songs sounds like a group of friends playing what they want, how they want, in a barn out in the country, then you have caught the vibe. Actually, this recording is a group of friends playing what they want, how they want, in a barn out in the country.
Grab a copy while you can. All these folks selling this CD so cheaply need to clean out their ears and take a fresh listen!
Timothy P. Young | Rawlins, WY, USA | 02/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Logan might just be an American original. He does the art for his records, and other fellas (I think Logan might like me to say 'fellas').
Musically, what he does is not unlike Mark Eitzel or Leonard Cohen, only minus the pretension and plus a bunch of damn fine poetry. He allows music, but...
But. When he plays, he is a blend between Barenaked Ladies and American Music Club. He's sharp and funny, but more depresed than...well, Eitzel...
The great thing about Logan is that when you leave his records, you feel like you know someone. He's the least enigmatic songwriter I've ever heard, and I'm a Loudon Wainwright fan, so I should know about revealing songwriters.
He sings about losing his daughters because of his lifestyle, of not understanding society ("Teach me the rules/I beg of you...I wanna do it right").
It's bare bones, and sounds like a few guys in your living room, but this is still a great record. Give it a shot.