It's that sense of sympathy that permeates the rugged Mission Temple Fireworks Stand, the singer/songwriter's third record. With a voice that falls between the gruff bellow of Gregg Allman and the gritty swamp croon of Lowell George, Thorn dissects the crumbling heart of America using his religious background (he's the son of a Church of God minister) as a starting point. The photo on the inner sleeve, depicting a devil puppet scooping a mini-replica of a nun out of a cereal bowl, gives you an idea of his off-center vision.
If this makes Thorn sound dour, bitter or sarcastic, well, he's not. The music shimmers with a tough, rootsy Little Feat/Stones shuffle. His soulful, boiling slow funk and taut folk create an edgy alt-country/rock that engulfs you like the Mississippi mud.
Paul Thorn plays the Variety Playhouse Sun., Dec. 8.
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