Monday, December 17, 2018

Best of 2018 - Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie



In the five years since his last record, the much-celebrated Muchacho, Houck fell in love, started a family, moved to Nashville and built a studio, where he recorded his latest LP. No only do tracks like the heartland rock of "There From Here" and the earnest folk of "My Beautiful Boy" seem to be written about his new life, but much of the album also feels autobiographical, as songs like the jaunty "New Birth in New England" and the vocoder-assisted "Christmas Down Under" come off as the most buoyant and celebratory pieces Houck has ever written.


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