Reviewing The Baseball Project: Volume 1

Occasionally, we'll steal an extra special FirstCuts post or two for TSB consumption. This is one such post. Words by Vince Grzegorek. ↵

↵ ↵Put together some musicians on a side project whose sole mission is to write songs about our national pasttime, and it's easy to be wary of the aforementioned disc sliding towards novelty. Even if those artists have the pedigree of Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus Five, R.E.M), Linda Pitmon (Miracle 3), and Peter Buck (R.E.M), the worry when perusing songs dealing with Mark McGwire, Sandy Koufax, and Harvey Haddix is that, while enjoyable, the album might not have a high re-listenability quotient. ↵

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↵Not the case for the quartet, who call themselves The Baseball Project. Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails has a lot more going for it than simply filling the glaring hole in the canons of baseball music by finally titling a song "Ted F***ing Williams." ↵

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↵At its best -- six of the thirteen tracks -- Frozen Ropes sounds like a Traveling Wilbury's album, if Dylan and the gang were huge baseball fans and Roger Angell was writing the lyrics while sitting in the bleachers of a spring training game, spinning yarns of the game's greats and their untold stories. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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