It's hard to figure out how a guy who lives in New Jersey can have such a twang in his voice. Maybe the intermittent mandolin, harmonica, and banjo inspire the country to come out of singer/songwriter Bob Perry. On Light Fuse, Run Away, Perry combines the elements of rock, country, folk, and blues into the mixed bag genre of roots rock, in the same way John Hiatt, Wilco, and Son Volt do. Both musically and lyrically, Perry draws out images and vistas that will be immediately familiar. The twang in his voice is weighted by a raw, not quite nasal quality. Couple that with a smooth phrasing style, and Adam Duritz is called to mind. What is interesting about the songs that comprise Light Fuse, Run Away is that not one of them is necessarily better or worse than any of the others. All nine songs hold their own, making for a very smooth, consistent listening experience. It's remarkable, really. Most albums have at least one or two slow, weak spots. But from "Words" to "Angels Cry" to "If You Dare," it's just one good tune after another. Add to that musicianship and production that are simple and appropriate, but lively enough not to get boring, and you have a pretty darn good record on your hands. Light the fuse, but don't run away, just enjoy the ride.
AllMusic Review by Kelly McCartney