Ike Reilly makes a very welcome return with ‘Born on Fire’ release

Ike‘Born on Fire’
Ike Reilly (Rock Ridge/Firebrand)
4 stars out of 5

Indie rocker Ike Reilly earned my undying admiration with his near-perfect 2004 sophomore album “Sparkley in the Finish” and has continued to impress for more than a decade with a series of first-rate platters that include 2005’s “Junkie Faithful,” 2007’s “We Belong to the Staggering Evening” and 2009’s “Hard Luck Stories.”

Ike CDIt’s been a while since we last heard from Reilly — as either a solo performer or as leader of Ike Reilly Assassination — but terrific new slab “Born on Fire” proves to be worth the wait. The 13-track, 55-minute release blends elements of garage rock, punk, R&B, folk and the blues into a tasty sonic stew that showcases Reilly’s songwriting prowess.

The title track and “A Job Like That (Lasalle & Grand)” get things off to a fast start, and Reilly later delivers the goods on keepers “Am I Still the One for You,” “Two Weeks-a-Work, One Night-a-Love,” “Notes From the Denver International Airport,” “Upper Mississippi River Valley Girl” and “Good Looking Boy.” Pal Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) joins Reilly for fantastic set closer “Paradise Lost.) This one’s a winner, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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