Thursday, March 20, 2008

Review: Macon Greyson, 20th Century Accidents

According to, an accident is defined as “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss.” If you go by that definition, then Macon Greyson’s latest CD, 20th Century Accidents, is deceptive advertising.

Songs as catchy as “Black Light”, “Minnesota Weather Map”, and the title track do not occur by mere accident. It takes large amounts of skill and effort by a songwriter of the caliber of Buddy Huffman and the rest of the Macon Greyson crew. Many of the songs on the album, on the surface, sound like the perfect soundtrack to a party. But here’s the thing: if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, these songs have more meaning than one might initially think. “John Q Blues” is the perfect example of such a track. Dig beneath the Strokes meet Son Volt groove, and you’ll discover a humorous yet insightful look at the frustrations of everyday life.

Traditionally, the slow songs on the Macon Greyson CD’s are the weakest points, but this time around, the slower songs hold their own with the faster tunes. “Beams” brings a slight soulful and bluesy edge to this mid-tempo rocker, and the stripped down “I’m Still Here” gives me goosebumps with every listen.

This is a CD filled with intent and not accidents. More importantly, the band accomplishes the goal of putting together twelve killer tracks that blend all the best elements of country and rock. The title is 20th Century Accidents, but 21st Century Genius would be a more fitting title.

(If you want to experience the music live, Macon Greyson will be playing at Adair’s tomorrow night. And if you go, tell ‘em “The Ghost” sent you)

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