Autobiographical Millennial Blues
Self-Released November 11, 2016
I’m not totally in tune with music being made in Western Kentucky, especially as far west as Paducah. That said, Shannon Vetter has played in bands you may have heard of – Gideon’s Rifle and Big Atomic, to name a couple – and the eighteen contributing musicians on the album make up several more. Rapid Cycle tells some great, relatable stories and explores a wide swath of sound, too. “Temptation,” the lead single, is a swampy blues track complete with crooning electric guitar, a sax solo, and some awesome back-up vocals that really set the mood. Back to back, at the center of the album are a pair of great, quieter songs. “Seasonal Affective Disorder” explores the frustration of living in a small town, orchestrated beautifully with strings and pedal steel. The track nearly fades into “Waiter’s Lament,” which headlines each verse with “I don’t want to wait tables for the rest of my life … I can’t go back to school and end up with more debt” – it’s a worrying situation that too many young people can relate to. Towards the back of the album is “Don’t Know How To Be Alone,” a short, patiently arranged song and fresh take on loneliness. Rapid Cycle is a solid album that explores a variety of sounds, shows off Vetter’s creative songwriting, and features some very tasteful and talented supporting musicians.
He’ll be backed by the Sleepless Pilgrims in Lexington on Saturday at Best Friend Bar to show off the new album.
Tracks I Liked: Existential Blues!, Temptation!!, Seasonal Affective Disorder!!, Waiter’s Lament!, Oh Me, Oh My!!, Don’t Know How to Be Alone!!!
Ben Southworth – November 6, 2016 – Kenwick Place