Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Robert Ellis

Half country, half folk...and guess which half I like better?

Robert Ellis
(New West)

Houston songwriter Robert Ellis splits his sophomore album right down the middle, with one half of Photographs dedicated to sensitive, enlightened, modern-day folk pop, the other to straight-on, bootkicking and somewhat misogynist country. It's a bit of a Jeckyl and Hyde act, with Ellis happy to drive his ex to the airport for parts unknown on Jansch-like "Friends Like That," and even ready to chip in to redecorate in the mildly rollicking, extremely domesticated "Two Cans of Paint." Yet by side two, he's put on a bad-ass country hat, dragging himself home stinking drunk and belligerent in "What's In It For Me?" and threatening real harm if his girl steps out on "No Fun."


This is one of the country songs.

"What's In It For Me"

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