PETER BLACK: Clearly You Didn’t Like the Show: CD

If you are a fan of the late, great Elliot Smith, Peter Black—or “Blackie”—is bringing it just for you—and it’s light years away from the Hard-Ons, his Aussie pop punk band roots. Clearly You Didn’t Like the Show is on the lighter side of melancholy. Breathy vocals express the thoughtful, daydream-like, downright playful lyrics (has me fantasizing spring bike rides whilst knock-knock-knocking at winter’s door). Whimsical backing vocals reinforce the carefree approach to the otherwise dreary and serious brand of Elliot Smith’s style of indie folk-rock-pop genre. The album art is really great. Creature from the Black Lagoon meets Howlin’ Wolf’s Rockin’ Chair album—interesting and appreciated. 

 –Jackie Rusted (Boss Tuneage, bosstunage.com)