Elf Power dedicates their latest release to the late, great Vic Chesnutt, with whom they played with on both a collaborative release (Dark Developments) and co-headlining tour. Unfortunately, Elf Power seems to have taken a creative back step from 2008’s In A Cave, one of our favorites of that or any year, and their 10th and self-titled release. Andrew Rieger’s lyrics and delivery are surprisingly prosaic and monotonous throughout much of the record.
There are few highlights beyond the first single, “Stranger in the Window.” Musically, the album suffers the same fate, an absence of the mind-blowing creative stroke that was present in just about every track on their last album. Hopefully, this release is just a temporary bump in the road, and Rieger and company will return to form shortly. In the meantime, I find myself returning to In A Cave frequently these past few weeks to counteract my disappointment for the new release.