Greenland Whalefishers

Loboville

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The second full-length album by this Norwegian folk/rock outfit finds them building on the fine EP T. Bell's Blues. They're arguably the premier band in the ever-growing roster of Pogues-influenced groups. Arvid Grov's voice, sense of melody, and sneering poetry is on par with the iconoclastic Shane MacGowan. In fact, if MacGowan hadn't done it all years before, the argument could be made as to Grov's surpassing the former Pogue. Loboville is filled with haunting melodies, dark tales, and uplifting rhythms all written or co-written by Grov. Highlights include "July Morning," a bitter account of drunkenness and lost love, and "The Mutineer," another tale of booze-influenced rebellion. On "Elisabeth," Grov incorporates restrained Tom Waits-like vocal stylings, creating a unique delivery that speaks to the brazenness of this band. Yes, their influences are obvious, but they pull it off so well.

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