Chris Stamey

Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc)

SXSW 2013 Records

Chris Stamey

Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc)

After last year's dB's reunion, those looking to Chris Stamey for another dose of jangle might be surprised by Lovesick Blues. Neither blues, nor a guitar album for that matter, it's an introspective LP full of muted colors, orchestral sweeps, and choral harmonies. It's different from anything he's attempted before, yet it retains his clever melodic sense. Having recently completed a stint as musical director for a series of all-star performances of Big Star's Third album, Stamey echoes some of that disc's melancholia and adventurousness with Lovesick Blues, particularly on "Skin" and "Astronomy." Among the perkier cuts, "You n Me n XTC" preserves Sixties horn pop with an arrangement assist from XTC's Andy Partridge. Some songs fail – the unadorned poetry of "The Room Above the Bookstore" and meandering title track – but Lovesick Blues once again proves Stamey's worth as a pop magician. (12mid, St. David's Bethell Hall)

***

READ MORE
More Chris Stamey
SXSW Friday Interview
SXSW Friday Interview
After 30 years, get ready for a new dB's disc!

March 16, 2012

Big Star 'Third' Concert
Big Star 'Third' Concert
9pm, Paramount Theatre

Adam Schragin, March 16, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
My Jerusalem
A Little Death (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, July 15, 2016

Texas Platters
The Echocentrics
Echo Hotel (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, June 24, 2016

More by Jim Caligiuri
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

Texas Platters
Hard Proof
Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (Record Review)

July 15, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Chris Stamey

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)