Bob Weir "Blue Mountain"
I just picked up a vinyl copy of Bob's new album. Hand on heart, outside of Ace, I don't think Bob has released an album that held my interest or attention and some have made me cringe. That has all changed with the release of this album. This is without a doubt his best individual effort to date. This is a very comfortable and mature album. The song writing is in the singer song writer genre, much like Bob Dylan's recent efforts over the past 10 years or so.
These songs will enter your ear much like your tired old foot enters your favorite slipper. The songs are more reflective of life's journey than girls, booze and cars, "thank god"! The only critic I have is that at times his overly reverberant vocals are a bit too much when contrast against a more dry sounding mix. But, I'll accept this as an effect and not be too critical.
This might be my favorite release of the year and I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get a Grammy nomination for this effort. The engineering and sound is also very good, too!
And......if I were to vote, he would receive one.