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Album review: 'Better Places'

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Jesse Sprinkle

"Better Places"

Bluebrick Recordings

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It's been a while since we've heard any solo material from the multifaceted multi-instrumentalist Jesse Sprinkle. Thankfully, the man is back with a new record, "Better Places," and its 17 tracks of modest joy. Sprinkle reveals his melodic thesis early on --- track five to be exact --- with "Weakness and Glory," a mellow, shoegaze display. There are brisk arrangements throughout that bolster the more fragile songs and give them a sturdier resolve. The whole platter has a kind of lilt between the tracks and their various genres, and it's all held together rhythmically, as drums are Sprinkles' first musical weapon of choice. It's as if "Better Places" were conducted by a drummer who can hold back the reins one minute, and in the next, kick out the jams. Sprinkle will play a CD release show for "Better Places" with The Rough & Tumble on Tuesday, September 18, at Bluebrick Recording Studio in Avon. 7 p.m. $5. bluebrickrecordings.com.

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