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Blue Giant: Blue Giant

[Vanguard Records]

August 18, 2010  |  9:00am
Blue Giant: <em>Blue Giant</em>

Perfectly ragged

Blue Giant’s debut LP begins with a song about starting over, and that’s just what these Pacific Northwesterners have done. Comprised of members from a smattering of Portland bands and anchored by Viva Voce’s Kevin and Anita Robinson, the new outfit’s hungry, impulsive olio of folk, rock and alt-country tangles up the sounds of its members’ pasts in a tumbleweed of strings, drawls and hollers. On the album’s more provincial moments, like the wistful “Target Heart,” soft whispers adorn raggedy acoustics like flecks of sunlight on a dusty barn floor; elsewhere, “Blue Sunshine” stomps and bucks its way through a holy mess of rowdy chords and harmonicas, and the equally fervent “Go On” presses forth with a militant vigor. It’s a turmoil of glorious noise.

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