Bill Orcutt 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums We’re New Here - Thrilling gut­bucket guitar takes on Amer­i­can stan­dards JON DALE

For some time now, Amer­i­can gui­tarist Bill Orcutt has been ex­plor­ing the de­tri­tus of Amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture – pre­vi­ous solo al­bums have him tak­ing on the core build­ing blocks of pop­u­lar id­ioms and rein­vig­o­rat­ing them through an idio­syn­cratic take on the acous­tic guitar that’s spiky, clipped and full of dis­tracted en­ergy. here, though, he’s on elec­tric, and he pulls a few orig­i­nals out of the bag. But it is the side­ways evis­cer­a­tions of “Ol’ Man River” and “Over The Rain­bow” that res­onate the long­est.

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