Tulip Frenzy’s #8 Best Album of 2011: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter’s “Marble Son”

With a voice we compared to the Good Witch, and a guitarist with more tricks than the Wizard of Oz, Jesse Sykes &  The Sweet Hereafter’s Marble Son was the strangest album we’ve ever been unable to get off our playlist.  Phil Wandscher’s tasteful, artful pickings struck a chord, if you will, as it took time til we learned Whiskytown’s great guitarist was backing a singer with so odd a vocal aspect singing genuinely powerful tunes, at which point it all came clear. If not a pure psychedelic band, as some claimed, a record that brought both Whiskeytown and the Quicksilver Messenger Service to mind was a welcome addition to our iPod.

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