Phil Cook – Southland Mission [album review]

by Woody on September 9, 2015


I’ve always thought Phil Cook to be freakishly talented during his time with Megafaun. Seeing him in Hiss Golden Messenger’s touring band this year, as well as an opening set at Schuba’s hammered that belief home. So when he made mention of this debut at Schuba’s, I was all sorts of excited.

And I am happy to say Southland Mission is all that and a bag of chips. Ain’t It Sweet sounds like a vintage Jerry Band tune. It opens with a minute intro before opening with the chorus. I can almost feel Melvin Seals working over the keys as Cook tears up a solo midway through the track. It is vintage American rock & soul revue material and it is fucking stellar. He could have done a variation of Ain’t It Sweet for nine more tracks and I would have called this album amazing.

He follows that up with a celebratory cover of friend and influence Charlie Parr. I don’t know who the woman singing background is, but fuck me she is great. Next up is Great Tide which starts slow before erupting with Cook proclaiming, “its going to be a great tide!!!”

The world is seriously fucked up and we all need to try harder to make it better. But you also need times to celebrate the fact that you are alive and that there are beautiful things out there as well. Southland Mission is an album for those times, it is the album to throw your hands in the air, smile from ear to ear and scream, “Its good to be alive.”

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Keith September 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Perfect album, perfect review, all kinds of goodness going on.

Gumbrinus September 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I share your enthusiasm. Southland Mission is a personal favorite of the year thus far … and will inevitably be among my favorites of 2015.

I’m pretty sure that Tamisha Waden is the backup vocalist on 1922 Blues. She’s touring with Phil and is credited on Southland Mission.

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