For over 10 years, singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel was leader of the seminal underground band American Music Club. With his latest solo album, Don’t Be a Stranger, he continues his journey through the landscape sound of laid-back jazz-rock.
Recalling at times a mellower and less ironic Donald Fagen, Eitzel’s albums never fail to put the listener in a soothed-out, blissful mood. Don’t Be a Stranger is one of those albums you put on after dinner as you curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and a glass of scotch. Tracks like â€œI Love You But You’re Deadâ€ and â€œCostume Characters Face Dangers in the Workplace,â€ though jauntily named, play like they were written by a new generation’s Leonard Cohen.
On Don’t Be a Stranger, Mark Eitzel continues a career steeped in irony, mellow grooves and wordplay that makes you smiley and misty-eyed all at once.
Donâ€™t Be a Stranger is out now on Merge Records.