Michael “Coomers” Coomer earned his stripes as a member of garage-punk outfit Harlem, but has spread his musical wings with solo project Lace Curtains. The Tuscon, Ariz., made a nice first impression with 2012’s “The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness” debut and take things up a notch with sophomore Lace Curtains release “A Signed Piece of Paper.”
Coomer’s most noticeable growth is as a storyteller, with the nine-track album dealing with such heavyweight topics as death, money and mental illness. In two of the better tracks, Lace Curtains pay homage to The Notorious B.I.G. (“Wilshire and Fairfax”) and Sly Stone (“Boardwalk to the Alps”).
Where the Big Appple served as the backdrop for the last record, “A Signed Piece of Paper” is shaded by Los Angeles and Hollywood. The record gets off to a strong start with personal favorite “The Fly,” and Lace Curtains later score with “Wilshire and Fairfax,” “Glass of Sand,” “Be Good” and “Crocodile Tears.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)