Tuesday, November 22, 2011
JEFF MARTIN 777 / The Ground Cries Out 
I was prepared to give this album the brush off following a first listen, based on Jeff Martin's last few dismal efforts with his previous band The Tea Party. Much to my delight his ridiculously titled new band Jeff Martin 777 is a refreshing throwback to The Tea Party's earlier albums.
Making use of his trademark melodramatic Gothic mysticism mixed with middle eastern blues, Martin finally masters that sound with a gentle subtly and even stronger songwriting.
It's not really exploring new territory for Martin but it's the album I've been waiting for him to do since 1997.
4 "Release" quotes out of 5
Songs Of Note: Queen Of Spades; 1916