Amer­i­can Evo­lu­tion (Vol­ume 1) Amer­i­can Fall­out Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

This is the first of three al­bums chron­i­cling the his­tory of the US, no less. It cov­ers the pe­riod 14921940 and sets out to right the story of his­tory, to change the an­gle of de­liv­ery from that of “mer­chants, kings and con­querors” to that of the “beaten, killed and used”. It’s a tall or­der, but Jef­fer­son Pep­per is un­fazed and sets out with im­pres­sive gusto, aided by a tal­ent for dis­tinc­tive rootsy melody and an abil­ity to dis­till com­plex sce­nar­ios into con­vinc­ing song lines. The mu­si­cal back­drop changes from folky blue­grass to REM-ish driven rock, with the oc­ca­sional lightfin­gered in­stru­men­tal thrown in to lighten the mood. All that would be wor­thy but po­ten­tially dull were it not that Pep­per is an im­pres­sive song­smith. Granted, there are some awk­ward mo­ments, but this is a fas­ci­nat­ing album. Vol­umes 2 and 3 fol­low in the next month or so. www.amer­i­can­fall­ Down­load tracks: Lewis & Clark Home­com­ing, Colum­bus Day, Dam in the River of Life

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