I didn't really think I would have much interest in a new solo album from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, especially after the downward progression that BR have taken in recent years, not to mention my own fading attachment to punk rock. I knew he had released one solo album already called American Lesion, but I didn't know much about it except that it was a lot of piano ballads written about his divorce. Although he is a pretty intelligent guy, he's also a bit of a pretentious bastard and I could see his solo work getting more than a little self-indulgent. One thing I will say though, even after all these years, I still love that distinctive gravelly voice of his, and when I heard his new album Cold As The Clay was a folk/bluegrass record I could kind of see it working. Throw in The Weakerthans as his backing band, Mr. Brett producing, and some other old-time collaborators sitting in, and it makes for something unexpectedly refreshing and well worth checking out. You can listen to a couple more tracks on the Epitaph site.
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