Like Roll's previous CD, Lunette, the new recording plays off the ragged edges of folk-rock, blending acoustic and fuzzed-out guitar tones, sweet pump organ, loose banjo, and plenty of open space. Time will tell whether Roll's latest goes down as a fresh direction melding sound and mind or just a literary curiosity but it's an apt product to have sprung from the folk music-loving and literature-loving environs of Ann Arbor.
Jim Roll celebrates the release of Inhabiting the Ball on Tuesday, March 5, at the Blind Pig.
[Originally published in March, 2002.]
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