Jacob Wrestles With the Angel, Rob Morsberger
This beautifully arranged number from Morsberger’s A Part of You paints a piquant picture of resilience and acceptance.
Rob Morsberger continues to grow as an artist, and in the act of A Part Of You has crafted his most affecting and personal work to date.
Praise for Ghosts Before Breakfast
Respected critics weighed in with early raves for ‘Ghosts Before Breakfast.’ In her USA TODAY Listen Up Music Pick, Elysa Gardner highlighted the mournful song “Cobblestones,” praising it as an “exquisitely plaintive postcard from a lonely foreigner”
Noted Philadelphia rock critic Jon Takiff wrote:
“His are songs that aim high, that might evoke the mind-set of a Dalton Trumbo or last thoughts of Henry James, put words to the images of surreal silent-film pioneer Hans Richter or ponder the cross dressing Swedish Queen Christina. It’s storytelling song craft that seasoned music critics compare favorably to the eccentric best of Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Loudon Wainwright, Harry Nilsson, Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Tom Waits and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen.” Read the full review.
“Morsberger is a distinctive and brilliant pop songwriter, and “Ghosts Before Breakfast” is a clever, wise, sad and gorgeously insightful album of meditations on mortality and loss.” Read the review, from music critic Rick Koster. Then read the full interview that ran a few days later: http://www.theday.com/article/20120529/ENT10/305299997/1044
“Morsberger animates these songs with a nervy intellect, sounding at times as angry and gruff as Tom Waits, then as absurdly prescient as Randy Newman and then as darkly solipsistic as Bob Dylan.”-Nick DeRiso
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Editor’s Preview Pick in THE BOSTON GLOBE
WILDYSWORLD – CD REVIEW: “Rob Morsberger has always had a talent for writing deep-yet quirky pop/rock songs. His 2010 release, The Chronicle Of A Literal Man, was a musical breath of fresh air bursting upon a world of jaded pop. Morsberger’s most recent work, Ghost Before Breakfast, takes a darker yet no less enigmatic turn.”-Jack Goodstein.
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“Ghosts Before Breakfast welds the patented density of Morsberger’s allusive lyrics and subject matter to a variety of musical styles both within and between songs. These are songs that will keep listeners humming along as they puzzle over meanings. This is true art, and the real thing is never easy.”
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Watch Morsberger’s in-studio performance and interview, via ABC-TV affiliate WHAS, during a recent tour stop in Louisville:
In-depth article about Ghosts (PDF), by music journalist Thomas Staudter.
Benefit Concert(s) for Rob Morsberger
Praise for Chronicle of a Literal Man
USA TODAY – “SUMPTUOUS” A “MIX OF WIT AND GRIT” – THE PLAYLIST by Elysa Gardner: Listen Up Music Pick!
THE BOSTON HERALD – A CD REVIEW By Kevin Convey: the “album is the kind of hyperliterate, pop-inflected singer-songwriter outing that went out of style when Warren Zevon died.” “He can write a hook that could make angels weep.”
BLOGCRITICS – By Jack Goodstein: Music Review: The Chronicle of a Literal Man by Rob Morsberger. “He writes lyrics that will reward the kind of explicative analysis usually accorded to the finest poets.” “Richly original.” His lyrics are dense with allusion, metaphor and creative rhyming.”
Editor’s Pick in THE BOSTON GLOBE: “think “storyteller” with a literary, cinematic, intellectual bent.”
Writer Lee Zimmerman included the CD in the ‘Quick Takes’ section of his INDIE SCENES column, and praised: “…the sharp air of defiance in the title track quickly upends preconceived notions. Morsberger’s literate songs are etched with irony (“Old Jolly Farm”), nostalgia (“Nebraska in Winter”) and recrimination (“Like Eating a Stone,” “Independent Movie”).
Black & White – Alternative Weekly CD Review: “There’s a planet where massive-headed aliens pick up transmissions of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Then they turn them into bluesy acoustic tunes with lots of heart and soul and catchy melodies that sound a lot like the work of Rob Morsberger. “
Morsberger performs ‘Old Jolly Farm’ on THE CW NETWORK, WGN-TV
MELODIC.NET Q&A Interview with Rob Morsberger
WILDYSWORLD – CD REVIEW: “a Tom Petty/Bob Dylan hybrid. “Highly Intellectual and Occasionally Twisted Stories”
THE NEW YORK TIMES took a look at Morsberger’s unique career in a feature article At Last, a Space for Creativity (and Loud Music) to Flow