Here's to Taking It Easy

Phosphorescent - Here's to Taking It Easy
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Based on 19 reviews
2010 Ratings: #253 / 870
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Based on 24 ratings
May 11, 2010 / Release Date
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Dead Oceans / Label
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In 2009, Phosphorescent released To Willie, an album dedicated to covering songs written or popularized by Willie Nelson. At the time it seemed like a stylistic sidetrack-- not only did Phosphorescent mastermind Matthew Houck dig more deeply into traditional country music than ever before, a few of his interpretations also evinced far more playfulness and fun than any of his original offerings. Surely, the next proper Phosphorescent effort would find Houck returning to the forlorn wilderness folk he'd howled out on his first three albums though, right?


This fourth album from Matthew Houck's Phosphorescent project originally came out in May but is being reissued so soon simply to tie in with Houck's early September UK tour. As its title might imply, it's not exactly the most radical or original of 2010 releases. However, its handling of various Americana and alt-country tropes is so assured and lush that it certainly deserves a second push.


On Matthew Houck’s (aka Phosphorescent) last all-original full length album, 2007’s Pride, Houck looked inward to his own personal struggles and chose to record the album entirely on his own. Since then, Houck has opened up a bit more, working with a full band on his 2009 Willie Nelson tribute album, To Willie, and incorporating that full band sound on his latest album, Here’s to Taking It Easy.

I approached this after getting very into "Muchacho." This album is more of a straight country-folk album with slightly fewer experimental tendencies, and it's slightly less memorable but still quite good in its own right. Phosphorescent's harmonies are very distinctive and unconventional, and his idiosyncratic, slightly froggy voice is much prettier to listen to than you'd expect at first.
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#74/Paste (Indie Folk)

Track List

  1. It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)
  2. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
  3. We'll Be Here Soon
  4. The Mermaid Parade
  5. I Don't Care If There's Cursing
  6. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
  7. Hej, Me I'm Light
  8. Heaven, Sittin' Down 
  9. Los Angeles

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