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Kurt Reifler — The Bear
((Not on label) no#, 2019, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2021-08-21

The Bear Cover art Here we have the second half of a project Kurt Reifler started with Year Of a while ago. Together I guess you could regard it as a full-length album called Year Of/The Bear. This set of five tracks gets off to a great start with “Welcome,” an energetic rock tune with outstanding bass playing. There’s a funky edge to the rhythm, and Reifler’s voice shines, having similarities with both Corey Glover and Lenny Kravitz. His lyrics have a conversational style that’s engaging, though many of the tracks focus on the standard topics of relationships, sometimes with a humorous twist: “Your dad, he’s been around the block, now / He asked me had I ever seen a shotgun collection as extensive as his / I had not” (from “Grandpa’s Apple Tree”). The Bear is a lot of fun, with well-written songs that are very catchy. When you’re hankering for some clever rock, give Kurt Reifler a listen, his music is worth seeking out.

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