Personnel: Grant-Lee Phillips (vocals, various instruments, programming); Carmen Rizzo (programming).
Producers: Grant-Lee Phillips, Carmen Rizzo.
Personnel: Grant-Lee Phillips (vocals, programming); Carmen Rizzo (programming).
Audio Mixers: Grant-Lee Phillips; Carmen Rizzo.
Liner Note Author: Grant-Lee Phillips.
Photographers: Denise Siegel; Michael Stipe .
For all his pop instincts, Grant Lee Phillips is ultimately a folk-rocker at heart (hell, he was even the "town troubadour" on TV's GILMORE GIRLS), which is what makes MOBILIZE such a striking anomaly in the singer/songwriter's discography. While he hasn't abandoned his six-string, Phillips leaps into the digital world, adding layers of electronics and programmed rhythms to his sound. It's a testament to the strength of his vision that the production never overtakes the songs, and in the end, MOBILIZE feels more or less of a piece with Phillips's more acoustic-oriented recordings.
Q (4/02, p.119) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...MOBILIZE is the album that always seemed beyond his [previous] group. The dreamy, elegiac opener, 'See America' is gorgeous..."
Alternative Press (10/01, pp.92,94) - 7 out of 10 - "...Songs that wade through the waters of heartache to reach pop's redemptive place..."
Magnet (9-10/01, p.106) - "...Another splendid solo album..."
CMJ (7/23/01, p.4) - "...Largely guided by Phillips' husky, golden tenor, which coos and harmonizes across these tunes with near-cinematic granduer..."