Geva Alon Get Closer 88.
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With a rich baritone as deep as the Mississippi River, Geva Alon effortlessly conjures up images of mountains, campfires and dusty prairies - which is kind of weird, since he was born and raised not far from Caesearea.
Seemingly having spliced the Neil Young Harvest era to his DNA, Alon is back with his third solo album of subdued singer-songwriter Americana, Get Closer.
Produced by Thom Monahan, who's made his name with indie alt-country giants like the Silver Jews and The Jayhawks, the album doesn't stray too far from the laid back folk styles of Alon's previous Days of Thunder and Wall of Sound.
The album's first single, "The Wind Whispers," captures Alon's alluring qualities at their best - the close, mournful harmonies and the twangy country rock accompaniment by his band Tree.
While some of the longer tracks like "The Folks Back Home" tend to drag with a comfortable sameness, the album's picked up by the songs like the hymn-like "Green Valley" and the moving title track.
A bad break with immigration officials last year which forced Alon to return to Israel after spending time establishing his career in New York has proven to be a boon for local fans, who can find him playing around the country with great frequency.
Get Closer is further proof that Alon is one of the country's national treasures, which we should appreciate while we can before the rest of the world finds out.
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