The Gospel According to Blind Uncle Harry by Blind Uncle Harry is an album that explores country, bluegrass, folk and some other like-minded genres. There is so much I loved about this album. The cocktail of emotions for one were incredible. It’s an album that is tender, warm, earnest, heartfelt and so clever and funny.
Take for instance “D Chord Hammer Ditty” which was just genius. They sing about the afterlife and taking a poo in this song and it makes perfect sense. On top of that the instrumentations and vocals are glorious.
There are so many other great songs that combine fantastic wordplay and creative music. I mean how could I not love the vocal harmonies of “Song for the Revolution” and the way it trails off in a comedic way. I found a number of lines really funny like the one about them kicking ass and people talking about them in the future. Right after that you also get some warm and tender lines.
I laughed before I heard a single note of “Uh oh (Sounds Like Somebody Pissed off Jesus).” This song actually starts off as an awfully depressing but compelling tale but sort of transitions in the saloon style knee slapping good time.
As the album progresses the band just crushed. “Strip Mining My Heart” was beautiful while “Sunny Afternoon” contains some slick sounding mandolin reminiscent of Grateful Dead. The last two songs are also fantastic. It’s important to mention the recording quality. I loved how much clarity was on these recordings but it's also very organic. The recording, mixing and mastering felt perfect for the style of music.
As you can guess I loved the album. I rarely find music that can feel this emotional yet not overly heavy. The balancing act of humor along with the more familiar emotions you hear on records rarely sounds this good. Highly recommended.
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