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Great Lakes Myth Society
Great Lakes Myth Society
Stop, Pop and Roll Records
www.stoppopandroll.com


A few months ago, I heralded the arrival of Inouk's No Danger as a significant musical achievement with its reinvention of the folk rock genre as Americana paired with late '60s American & Brit pop-rock. It was also a masterful album by any measure that has secured an unassailable spot on my top 10 list for this year. So, whenever I review something I think is new and something similar comes close on its heels, I have to take pause and wonder: Have I been missing something? Eminent sociologist Chad C. Mulligan once remarked on the nature of coincidence: "You weren't paying attention to the other half of what was going on." Yeah, probably.

So, here in Great Lakes Myth Society you will find more of the same; sort of. "Seeds for Sale" is so rock-operatic that at times I felt as though it had been lifted right out of The Who's Tommy. Other songs are so old-timey-folk that they sound like they came out of an area of Appalachia that time completely forgot. I guess I could say that there is an aesthetic consistency over the album as a whole, just not from track to track. This will appeal to some listeners, but may put off others who look for stylistic contiguity. I've heard this billed as a concept album about the Upper Midwest, and at times it does have the 'concept' feel. But, not being a denizen of the Upper Midwest, I can only nod blindly in pseudo-agreement in that latter regard.

This genre still feels new and under-populated, and Great Lakes Myth Society is different enough to not be derivative. In an isolated examination-outside genre or predecessor comparisons-I'd say it holds up pretty well. Noticeable influences are broad and varied, and they don't dwell on any one of them for too long, which gives them a fresh sound. Some of the songs stand out more than the others do, but even the songs that drag a little aren't anything I would ever skip.

-JD

1. Red Jacket Miners/The Salt Trucks
2. Across the Bridge
3. Love Story
4. Buffalo Nickel
5. Big Jim Hawkins
6. Marquette County
7. Seeds for Sale
8. Pining, Drinking, Understanding
9. Isabella County, 1992
10. No. VI
11. The Northern Lights Over Atlanta, MI
12. When Will I Cease…
13. Railway Ties
14. Cottonmouth
15. Lake Effect


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