FOUL WEATHER FRIEND: Boxed the Compass: CD

Jul 21, 2023

Foul Weather Friend are a little hit and miss, doing standard ’60s/’70s-based rock’n’roll, planting their feet firmly in the past, expanding out only as far as that past will allow. But when they hit, they hit hard. “Dangerous Man” feels like sublime private press pub rock. “Le Navire” is hazy and downbeat and exquisite. Even the somewhat obvious nostalgic narrative of “Rock ‘n Roll Heroes” is taken to unexpected heights, guitars shimmering out into the cosmos. And there’s the brief, heart-wrenching closer, “Ether,” where I suddenly realized who vocalist Steve Nagy reminded me of: the late, great Fred Cole. They’re playing by a set of rules, sure. But that’s not all they’re doing. –Matt Werts (75orless, 75orlessrecords.com)

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