Fletcher Harrington - Under the Shadow of the San Gabriel Review
On his website, Fletcher Harrington is compared to Gram Parsons. That is a pretty fair comparison. Harrington, like Gram Parsons, makes a sort of ethereal roots rock with a touch of bluegrass ("Aujuord'hui"). The greatest example of the comparison to Parsons is "Sweet Jezebel." Harrington's vocals tend more toward Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young ("You're Perfect").
Harrington wrote fourteen of the fifteen songs on this album. The one cover is "Always Crashing in the Same Car" written by David Bowie. All the songs are well-crafted and fairly complex arrangements. "Let's Get Liquored Up" is a great example of the layers of sound Harrington brings to his songs, while "After the Hanging of the Tall Pine Gang" is one of those great story songs. If you are generally a fan of talented singer-songwriters, or specifically a fan of Gram Parsons and Neil Young, this is an album you should check out.
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Fletcher Harrington - Under the Shadow of the San Gabriel