February 24th, 2017 | Album reviews

Book of Changes
Thrill Jockey

Before becoming a butterfly, the caterpillar first must eat itself. The same could be said for Guy Blakeslee and his musical nom de plume, Entrance, née Entrance Band. From his larval stage funneling electric blues boogie and psychedelia throughout Chicago in the mid-2000s, to chasing specters around Hollywoodland over the past decade, Book of Changes sees Guy spinning his chrysalis. “I’d Be A Fool” and “Molly” are ancestral totems carved equally from Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The melody of “Always The Right Time” tips its bolero brim to another classic damaged L.A. album, Beck’s Sea Change. Steered by Guy’s lilting vibrato, “The Avenue” delivers a modern verse to the narrator in Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”: to be young, dumb, broke, and sad in the city, wanting to be loved and desperate to love. But ultimately, “everybody falls on hard luck sometimes/and until we meet again I’ll be thinking of you/and then I’ll see you when your trouble gets like mine.” How does it feel?

—Kegan Pierce Simons