The Graves Brothers Deluxe

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On the follow-up to 2002's Gonna Happen to You, San Francisco's The Graves Brothers Deluxe push the envelope to a new edge for the trio of Stoo Odom, Willy the Mailman, and Marco Villalobos. The opener, "Right As Rain," features fiery, churning instrumentation blended with Odom's deadpan Lou Reed-like vocal delivery. "And then the Conversation Turned to Sex" not only features the disc's most convoluted title, but also a steady dose of eerily-drenched instrumentation. The disc puts a spotlight on the band's raw, bar band sound, as they offer gritty performances of the outlandish "Raw Stinking Beauty," and the more intricate artistry of "The Powers that Be." A compelling cover of José Alfredo Jiménez's Mexican classic "Muñequita Negra" features a soulful saxophone by Willy, and the disc ends with Odom sharing vocal duties with Wendy Allen on a impressive cover of Pere Ubu's "Heart of Darkness." If anything, Filter Feeders shows The Graves Brothers Deluxe willing to experiment, willing to think outside of the musical box, and sounding all the more impressive for it. Good Forks Records released the disc in 2003.