I first became aware of singer/songwriter Brian Lisik a few years ago with the release of third solo platter “The Mess That Money Could Buy.” It’s a first-rate gathering of guitar-driven power/pop and had me eager to hear more from the Akron native.
Lisik’s latest project is “Curtisinterruptedus,” a 14-track, 37-minute collection of tunes that is even more enjoyable than its predecessor. He says these tunes bring back memories of his youth in the heart of the Rust Belt.
“It isn’t so much in terms of sound or structure as in spirit, but these songs remind me a lot of the neighborhood I grew up in,” Lisik notes. “It’s kind of eerie, really. They aren’t so much anachronistic as very familiar. I can’t explain it, but I can feel it.”
The rollicking “Jan. 13” gets things off to a great start, and Lisik later impresses with “Beaten Up Blue,” “Marietta,” “Born on Needles and Pins,” “Chaos Is a Friend of Mine,” “St. Patrick’s Day (Alex)” and “Swagger Sway Fall.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)