Kaz Murphy - Home For Misfits
Murphy plays Country-tinged rock for the jaded, literate set. Your enjoyment of this may depend on what strikes you as urbane, and what strikes you as smart-ass. Either way, this is a fun record, one in which its heart and insight outweighs any hip missteps.
Murphy good-natured rocks and sways through tales of bright-eyeds who came up just short of the brass ring. The arrangements on "Waiting For Elvis" and "Below The Skin" owe a mighty wave to recent Dylan, and shimmer with the same ease. "Honey Was That You" and "Been Away Awhile" have a more California pop influence, and the hooks -provided are tasty indeed.
A bite more bite is to be found on "Psychic on the Telephone" and "Killing Wheel," which features excellent steel guitar work by John McDuffie.
In all, "Misfits" is more harmless than perhaps Murphy intended, but it is an honest romp through some familiar Americana territory, with humor and hope keeping things light.
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