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Pauper's Field [CD]

Dylan Leblanc Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B003TD5NL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. If Time Was For Wasting 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If The Creek Don't Rise 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tuesday Night Rain 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Ain't Too Good At Losing 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. On With The Night 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Coyote Creek 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

I've been listening to this record a while now, trying to figure out why I hate it so.

There's nothing wrong with it, per se. It's immaculate, sound-wise. Beautifully polished, smoothed to perfection. You can't fault the singer's pedigree – he’s the son of a Muscle Shoals session musician, and would hang out with legends like Spooner Oldham at the age of 11. He learnt to 'pick' a guitar a few years before that. His voice is wistful and crooning, with a slight lisp and hiccup, like a beautiful 20-year-old Louisiana version of Townes Van Zandt, or perhaps the less glamorous part of the She & Him equation, M. Ward. Nor can you fault the company that the singer keeps: Emmylou Harris adds vocals to If the Creek Don't Rise. The timing, the pace, the pedal steel a-howling in the background... faultless, as is the lyrical content (mostly “please pity me, poor drunken wretch of a country singer that I am” – with some classic Gram Parsons-esque observations on love, loss and everything in-between). If Time Was for Wasting even sounds like Neil Young roaming the hills surrounding San Francisco.

Paupers Field is all the above, and it's certainly not unpleasant to listen to, either. (You'll forgive the reviewer here if he wants to lapse into such trite clichés as “his music slips down easy like a time-mellowed malt”. Paupers Field sort of begs for such descriptive language.) And yet you still want something to jar LeBlanc out of his practised, world-weary melancholy. You want an abrasive edge to prove that his record company haven't just signed him to latch onto the current critical craze for the bland suburban folk of Fleet Foxes. Whereas Conor Oberst – another obvious reference – used to sing so crazed and histrionic you could forget his sallow youth, nothing it seems can shake Dylan LeBlanc out of his cosy country complacency.

The reliance on the morbid worked with Gram Parsons and those other doomed 70s country rock sorts because you felt they'd lived it: the love and the loss and the regret. Immaculate pedigree or not, soaked in a musical upbringing we all would like to have been soaked in or not, Dylan LeBlanc too often feels like a dilettante latching onto someone else's emotion. "Keeps the whiskey in her veins to carry," he laments on Death of Outlaw Billy John – but for what reason?

A consummate session musician, he's got the moves down pat... but where is the soul?

--Everett True

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kick ass album 23 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the reviewer above.

At first listen, i felt the album sounded like a cross between Ryan Adams and This morning jacket. I was quite surprised by the bbc review, but then again...everyone has their opinion. I'm not some journalist or professional writer. I just like music...end of. If you like Ryan Adams, it's worth a listen to. has great pedal steel guitars :D

Plus, if Emmy lou Harris was involved, that's a good sign that it's pretty damn good( in my view anyway).

Ignore the BBC review, if you enjoy music in this kind of acoustic alt country style as you'll miss out on something good.

I first heard of Dylan Leblanc on spotify via a commercial. To my knowledge he is a relative new artist on the scene, but i imagine will do well for himself. Quality usually wins out in the end.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
3.5 stars

Quite why Amazon have given a near monopoly to reviews on new albums to those drawn from the BBC is a bit of puzzle. Why not for example use reviews drawn from the specialist music press and spread the source of views around? As it stands the above comment by Everett True a man who the NME once had the good sense to dismiss when he was plain old Jake Thackerey is a complete stinker, since it fails to present a rounded view of an album which certainly has it faults but also enormous strengths.

Dylan LeBlanc is a young 20 year old session player from Louisiana with a voice which is a uncanny cross of Ryan Adams crossed with My Morning Jacket's Jim James. The cover to "Paupers Field" set like an old Civil War photograph gives clear clues to the content therein. This is classic country rock with a melancholy base and an emphasis on songwriting. "If the creek don't rise" could have happily appeared on Adams classic solo debut "Heartbreaker" and like that album it draws on the services of the wonderful Emmylou Harris to provide backing vocals to a deeply sad but gorgeous lament. The ghosts of Laurel Canyon are evoked for "If time was wasting" which comes over like a mix of Jackson Browne and Neil Young and is one of the more upbeat songs on the album. "Tuesday night rain" is an old fashioned country ballad with a world weary vocal from LeBlanc and is punctuated by some lovely "high lonesome" style steel guitar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Nov 2010
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I'd never heard of this artist before so just took a chance on buying this album, I'm so glad I did, it's so fresh and different from the run of the mill music out there. It's a great album to just chill out with. I've lost count of the times I've played 'If the creek don't rise' if it was vinyl it would have worn out!!! Really recommend that you give it a go as well, you'll love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Ray LaMontagne... 9 Nov 2010
By Aelfwyn
Format:Audio CD
Only twenty, yet such a voice. Certainly this is an introspective album, but what would you expect from a young man trying to find his way out of his hard-drinking teens? If you love Ray LaMontagne, I think you'll enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A talent destined for greatness 3 Jan 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This guys needs a break and is totally worth a listen.

You wont be dissapointed, if you are you have no taste........................
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