February 16, 2006

Shawn Mullins

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Shawn Mullin’s rock success has been nearly forgotten since his Grammy nominated pinnacle track “Lullaby” in 1998. However, Mullins’s latest release, 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor brings forward a nostalgic awakening. 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor was predominantly recorded in New Orleans at the studio which loans it name to the albums title. However, after Hurricane Katrina, the studio, which is owned by Mullins’s long time friend and collaborator, Mike West, was a total loss. The album has appropriately been dedicated to the city of New Orleans and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Valentine’s Day release includes the single, “Beautiful Wreck,” which brings about irony in relationships and has catchy riffs with a strong Southern Country influence. Mullins describes his work as “half acoustic and half small band,” but the most redeeming characteristics of his work are in the folksy heartfelt lyrics that make you feel as if they were penned for coffee shop performances soulfully sipping espresso.

Archived article by Aniq Rahman