Kerouac’s Big Sur – One Fast Move Or I’m Gone (Warner Music Canada)

Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar join forces to oversee this collection of music centred around Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur. The lyrics for the songs on the record come from Kerouac; Farrar compiled the words directly from the Big Sur novel while the music is all original.

As could be expected, Gibbard lends a pop-slanted view to the songs he sings lead on such as All In One and California Zephyr while songs like Low Life Kingdom, Big Sur and San Francisco on the other hand hold close to Son Volt’s Americana-roots sound.

The record gives a fantastic insight into the marvellous results that can be achieved when you combine the talents of two very distinct musicians. Fans of both Son Volt and Death Cab For Cutie should check this out.

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