Grant-Lee Phillips - Widdershins (CD)

"I'm drawing on the urgency of the moment," reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. "The things that eat away in the late hours." That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins, in which he invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. Beneath the moment's tumultuous veneer, Phillips uncovers resonances spanning centuries - patterns echoing from the present day to the distant past. Says Phillips: "€œThis moment is explosive, volatile, and heightened. It's important to me that the music reflect that..."€

By turns sardonic, provocative, and illuminating, Widdershins delivers its poetic truths through Phillips's peerless melodic sensibilities, carefully balancing intensity and vulnerability. Now a seasoned songwriter and performer, with more than two decades' experience first as front man of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then as an accomplished solo artist, Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. "€œI hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we're capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,"€ he concludes.

- CD

1. Walk in Circles
2. Unruly Mobs
3. King of Catastrophes
4. Something's Gotta Give
5. Scared Stiff
6. Miss Betsy
7. The Wilderness
8. Another, Another, Then Boom
9. Totally You Gunslinger
10. History Has Their Number
11. Great Acceleration
12. Liberation