eMusic Review 0
Given that Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly recently released the covers album Songs of Townes Van Zandt and has issued two other sparse, introspective and largely acoustic solo records since 2001, it’s not surprising that his latest project, Scott Kelly and the Road Home, is a dark, personal vision of hard living, lost love and the vague hope for redemption inspired by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and latter-day Leonard Cohen.
What is surprising is how effectively Kelly attains maximal impact with minimal design. The songs on The Forgiven Ghost in Me are almost completely devoid of percussion. They’re repetitive, but they don’t drag, and the playing is simple and unpretentious, welcoming the listener into a world both chilling and filled with wonder.
Kelly clearly believes in the glory of nature and creates colorful imagery of the sun, clouds, sea, rain, light, fire and flowers. But he has trouble seeing past the blackness of mortality. “The blade of the reaper suspend in the eye in the reverence/ all dues in the crossing feed the soul drowning in the breech,” he rasps in “Within in Blood.”
Accompanied by Neurosis keyboardist Noah Landis and ex-Sorrow Town Riders frontman Greg Dale, The Forgiven Ghost in Me flows with… read more »