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Micah P Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra

Micah P. Hinson Audio CD
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Micah P Hinson and the Pioneer Saboteurs
Album released 21st June 2010 on Full Time Hobby

“Have the elder races halted? Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied, over there beyond the seas? We take up the task eternal, and the burden, and the lesson, Pioneers! O pioneers!” Walt Whitman, Pioneers! O Pioneers! (extract)

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  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B0016OMFRA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Home Quickly, Darlin'
2. Tell Me It Ain't So
3. When We Embraced
4. I Keep Havin' These Dreams
5. Throw The Stone
6. Sunrise Over The Olympus Mons
7. The Fire Came Up To My Knees
8. You Will Find Me
9. The Wishing Well And The Willow Tree
10. We Won't Have To Be Lonesome
11. Dyin' Alone

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BBC Review

There's an almost overwhelming urge to resort to the usual country stereotypes before a note has been played on this, the fourth album from Texan Micah P. Hinson. Taking into account his history of drug addiction, homelessness and jail and factoring in a cursory glance at song titles that include Dyin' Alone and Tell Me It Ain't So, it's hard not to imagine getting your job back, your woman coming home and your dog coming back to life if this record was played backwards.

Yet, be that as it may, Hinson's fourth album finds itself occupying that overcast hinterland so favoured by those who live their lives in black while simultaneously delivering country music that remains heartfelt and well out of the reach of parody. That's partly down to Hinson's baritone voice; rich and sonorous, it carries a gravitas beyond parody. It isn't just lived-in, the squatters have been there while the scavengers have helped themselves to the fixtures and fittings.

The shimmering guitars of You Will Find Me evoke deserts and wide open spaces as elsewhere When We Embraced's pithy vernacular sees Hinson painting from a palette that harks to a bygone age and herein lies Hinson's true skill - his ability to remain convincing throughout and keeping the clichés well at bay.

Most importantly, the thing that also counts heavily in Hinson's favour is the manner in which this release will appeal to both Americana's long-time observers and the casual listener. This is the real deal but one that's unashamedly inclusive. --Julian Marszalek

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire strikes black (8.5/10) 5 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Micah P Hinson's fourth album - the first I've heard since his powerful debut `Michah P Hinson and the Gospel of Progress' - is an accomplished work and the sound of a prolific artist heading for an artistic peak. Produced by alt-rock mixing guru John Congleton, renowned for the dark gloss put on albums by the likes of Anthony & the Johnsons, Modest Mouse and Explosions in the Sky, `Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra' is somehow both expansive and concise, brooding but melodic. Much is made of Hinson's troubled past, and I imagine his record label see the value in backing up his cracked baratone with claims of former drug and alcahol addiction, time in prison and, um, chain-smoking, as if to add gravitas to his skinny geek looks. None of those claims of authenticity should really matter when listening to this fine record however, which, like the music of Johnny Cash, is in fact more theatre than fact and all the better for it.

Not as nakedly personal as his debut, Hinson's latest finds him sounding somehow at home in a more stylised study of Americana. A relatively lush take on folksy alt-country, `...Red Empire Orchestra' dips into Scott Walker-esque melodrama, the border country menace of Calexico, chamber pop and, on `We Won't Have To Be Lonesome', 1950s surf pop in the mould of Richard Hawley. Similar to (but better than, in my opinion) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's `Sunday At Devil Dirt', `... Red Empire Orchestra' takes its cues from Lee Hazlewood and, of course, The Man in Black, whose music was always knowingly cinematic, much more interested in American myth than bruised confession.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Day Johnny Cash! 30 July 2008
By J. Ody
Format:Audio CD
Described as `Violent Country' you would be expecting a fusion of Country and Punk, however what we get is an enchanting and positively enjoyable album of Acoustic Country tracks. Micah P Hinson has the voice of a 60 year old heavy smoker, but in fact is a fresh-faced 20-something. He could be the bastard son of Johnny Cash with both voice and attitude and indeed both have a parallel of drugs and jail time, though Micah can also boast a turbulent relationship with a Vogue cover model and experiencing the bottom of the barrel with bankruptcy and telemarketing...add to this temporarily being paralysed after his mate hit him on the back, meaning he had to where a corset, was in hospital for weeks and, "Couldn't piss standing up for a while," might make you want to sing the Blues...

Now if you are expecting some fast paced toe-tappers then, Son, you're in the wrong place, as the self-titled album of Micah P Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra plays out in the background of a warm summer's afternoon, at a time when you've worked all morning and whilst nursing a beer, you are feeling contemplative and spent. First song, `Come Home Quickly, Darlin'' could've been recorded anytime within the history of music, and only in the smooth production do you know that it must be fairly recent. Like with a lot of the songs here it is a slow plod giving the listener more chance to think about the lyrics and emerge into the deep ambience of the music.

We have the Country twang of, `Tell Me It Ain't So' that muddles along with a nice little beat, piano and strings, "Constantly craving what isn't mine," Micah confesses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Micah can do no wrong. 25 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra is the third album from the American singer-songwriter following his first two records with the 'Gospel Of Progress' and the 'Opera Circuit.' Early listens suggest this is a very different record from the first two. Whilst opener 'Come Home Quickly Darlin' and 'When We Embraced' are textbook Micah P. Hinson, songs such as 'I Keep Havin' These Dreams' and 'Sunrise Over The Olympus Mons' are alot more sparse and owe more to instrumentation. Although the album initially seems not to meet the standards of the first two, not only was that going to be difficult given the high standard set by Micah himself, the album appears to grow and unearth itself the more you listen. A 5 Star album no doubt, but where it will rank against other Hinson records will become clearer in time.
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