Man's Gin reminds me equally of Neil Young, Soundgarden, and the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou? It's soulful, dark singer-songwriter material full of poetry and pain. In other words, while most of the nation is listening to the mindless drivel of Kanye West and Lady Gaga, Cobalt's Erik Wunder is delivering what should be the soundtrack of these times.
The music is built mostly on acoustic guitar, drums, piano, and upright bass, but some electric guitar is thrown in now and again. Wunder's baritone has all the soul needed to pull off the singer-songwriter style. The lyrics explore all kinds of pain and evil in the world, notably nuclear war, a hitman, and the difficulty of hearing God's voice. Every bit of it is compelling and memorable, and he's saved the best for last in the perfect darkness of "Doggamn".
The Verdict: This is dark, compelling singer-songwriter material. Wunder is a musical genius. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.