Peter Holsapple

Out of My Way

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20 years into his recording career, Peter Holsapple issued the first album that was released under his name. Holsapple has had a varied and busy musical career, as onetime leader of the beloved dBs, a member of the Continental Drifters, and as a multi-instrumentalist sideman for R.E.M.

The title song on OUT OF MY WAY finds Holsapple up to his usual wordplay, as he toys with the duality of title's meaning. Additionally, the brief bass figure that opens the tune is mysteriously engaging. As a writer, Holsapple's equally adept at acoustic ballads and snappy rockers. He exhibits a comfortable ease that is similar to that of Nick Lowe. The comparison is reinforced by smart lyrics that run the gamut from romantic to cynically humorous (from "Pretty, Damned, Smart": "You've convinced yourself you're right and everyone is wrong / but you don't see that the line to punch you in the face is long").

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