In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Grace Basement'
s new album, Gunmetal Gray
. He had this to say:
Gray's easygoing pop swings in two directions. Certain songs are saddled with -- but not bogged down by -- a sense of resigned melancholy (the addiction lament/lullaby "Back of the Moon"). Others -- such as the infectious opening track "There He Goes" -- ramp up the group's perky, punchy, pop dynamics. On that sunnier tip, "On Your Side (Soldier's Song)" begins like a Sonic Youth jam and morphs into a horn-aided rocker reminiscent of Being There -era Wilco. Even slower songs such as "Why Would I Wait for Another?" and the stunning album-closer "Land of Endless Change" turn Buckley's blues into something grand and majestic, thanks to their precisely arranged instrumental codas.