Alec Gross, Mercury Lounge [4/13/11]
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Alec Gross plays sweetheart music for doods. Looking around the crowd at last Wednesday’s show at Mercury Lounge, we saw a sea of heartbreak heroes inserting their own breakup/hookup stories into all his songs.
And this makes sense. Throughout his hour-long set, Alec fell in and out of love repeatedly. From losing his heart to a girl wearing her mother’s necklace, to playing a brilliant cover of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” to marrying a man in 1913 backed by a magical realist-sounding jam that evoked Colin Melloy of The Decemberists, his brand of folk music achieved that rare trick of consoling without becoming too mushy. And that is exactly how the doods like their love songs.
Picking up where Fleetwood Mac left off, Alec projected a lived-through-it tenderness through his panty-dropping siren. While some of his songs contain chord progressions we’ve come to expect from the heartland, his voice more than transcends this genre space. Alec writes lyrics of regret, but sings them with enough hope to persevere.
Thank you Alec Gross…for making it okay for the manly men to share.
–Written by Mike Levine (@goldnuggets)