Kevin Devine: Instigator
Welcome, everyone, to Kevin Devine’s ninth album, Instigator
Please forgive me. This isn’t the freshest Music Monday post considering this album dropped last week. Sorry, but Leonard Cohen edged this out. Barely. So what do we know about Kevin Devine? Nothing, I thought, until I started digging. As it turns out, I have a pair of albums that he released as a collaboration project with Manchester Orchestra – Bad Books. It’s been awhile since I’ve admitted this, but the more I learn about music, the more I realize I don’t know. I just don’t have the time I used to for connecting the musical dots. Yep, I’m not as good at holding those notes. Grin.
Music jokes aside, what can you expect from this album? Most everything is an uptempo rock song… until it’s not. Songs like Freddie Gray Blues, No One Says You Have To, and I Was Alive Back Then slow the tempos down with topics like police brutality/race relations, romance, and wistful nostalgia. Freddie Gray Blues is a poignant kick in the gut, if not the crotch. The rest of the time there are clean and fuzzy guitar-driven songs with the usual bass & drum rhythm section. These aren’t head banging rock songs, more like head bobbing. Production on the album is pretty sparse as the Lo-Fi shines through. This might just be the best album someone ever produced in their garage.
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