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Behind the Door

by Glen's Neighbor

Folk Rock Grass Americana
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Longfellow's Arrow
3:30 $0.99
2. Bad Habit
3:24 $0.99
3. Candles
4:47 $0.99
4. Help Me
3:35 $0.99
5. Down the Road
4:02 $0.99
6. Isla
4:01 $0.99
7. Destiny
2:56 $0.99
8. Sailing Bird
4:03 $0.99
9. Ocean Blue
4:02 $0.99
10. Hard Day Duluth
4:56 $0.99
11. Today
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Glen’s Neighbor Behind the Door

Debut albums usually don’t arrive so sublimely subtle as the forthcoming full-length effort from Glen’s Neighbor. The aptly titled Behind the Door makes for one of the area’s best musical introductions of 2015.

For modern roots rock records to succeed, they must break away from the long list of cut-and-paste acoustic bands that seem to flood the local market today. In contrast, Glen’s Neighbor wins this battle on three separate fronts.

On one, add guitarist and vocalist Blake Shippee to the names of potentially outstanding new songwriters from Duluth, Minnesota. Lyrically stark and musically relaxed, Shippee’s compositions carry weight of blithe moodiness in the style of the Lumineers on tracks like “Candle” and Trampled by Turtles on songs like “Destiny.”

The second level of achievement includes a loose collection of musicians that brings Shippee’s song ideas to life. Almost without exception throughout the eleven tracks, and with an accompanying tastefulness almost never heard on rookie efforts, the make-up of Glen’s Neighbor seems to choose correctly when to take the wheel (“Help Me”) and when to stay quietly acute in the backseat (Isla). In a sea full of ball-hogging banjos, slide guitars, stop-time drums, acoustic basses, electric guitars, and back-up vocals, these particular players stand out not for what they bring to the table, but for what they leave off of it, only making themselves heard when the songs beckon. This is no small feat of maturity and artistic generosity within a genre not always known for its collective cunning.

Finally, attention should be paid to the exceptional recording quality found on Behind the Door. Engineered at New Hope‘s Winterland Studio, these 43 minutes balance along the razor sharp edge of modern technological production (“Longfellow’s Arrow”) and off-the-cuff rawness (“Bad Habit“) that audiophiles of the digital and analog world alike can appreciate. How refreshing it is to hear a freshman album own the confidence to avoid over-compression, infinite overdubs, and vocal auto-tuning. The players play their parts, the songs fill the space, and like a great magician, the trick of a properly recorded album never reveals its secrets.

Make no mistake, Glen’s Neighbor’s entrance into the music scene is an unexpected treat, a crisp clean shave in a rat’s nest of bearded Americana, and another strong reason to celebrate Northern Minnesota’s artistic commonality.

--Mark Lindquist, Shaky Ray Records



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