Mojave 3 Spoon And Rafter (Beggars Group) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
There's a soothing familiarity to Mojave 3's alt-alt-country. Neil Halstead's strummed, breathy pop lifts heavily from the past, and while Spoon And Rafter breaks no new ground, Halstead seems immensely comfortable in his soft rock rut. Dumped and unhappy, the Brit songwriter gets gloriously mopey, keeping the pace slow and the mood bleak, adding minor harmonica and vibraphone embellishments and dipping into Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev-style psych flourishes for effect. Spoon And Rafter's more stark than depressing, more brown than grey. In other words, the perfect autumn record.