"Furr" by Blitzen Trapper (2008)
Parallel Universe = Dasher Catcher - Pelt
Blitzen Trapper is one of those bands that is easily likeable because they remind you of so many other great artists. Furr is their fourth album and first for Indie super label Sub Pop and just like their other albums of lo-fi Power-Pop it doesn't disappoint or overstay its welcome.
Early on, Furr is reminiscent of some of Grant-Lee Phillips or Gary Louris from The Jayhawks' best work. Then on the stunningly gorgeous title track Blitzen Trapper turn into Bob Dylan/Paul Simon style troubadours. "Black River Killer" is another one of those songs that is just so well written you can't help but stop whatever you're doing and just sit and listen to what a well told story it is. The second half of Furr reminds me of early period Big Star, Wilco and oddly enough Cornershop respectively and with all of these different influences shining through, never once does any of it feel forced or out of place. If you haven't heard of Blitzen Trapper, but you tend to side with any artists or bands mentioned above you'd be hard pressed to not enjoy the hell out of these new up and comers.
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