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Wrong-Eyed Jesus! Original recording reissued


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"Titles never come easy to me, but this one did. Long before I recorded a single note I knew what I'd call it. That name, it was just in the air."

Singer songwriter Jim White has a habit of snatching meaning from thin air. His critically acclaimed debut album, The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus, tapped into the zeitgeist of what would soon blossom into ... Read more in Amazon's Jim White Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B00004RD20
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Book Of Angels
2. Burn The River Dry
3. Still Waters
4. When Jesus Gets A Brand New Name
5. Sleepy-Town
6. A Perfect Day To Chase Tornados
7. Wordmule
8. Stabbed In The Heart
9. Angel-Land
10. Heaven Of My Heart
11. The Road That Leads To Heaven

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Smith on 30 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jim White looks like he's just walked out of the "Grapes of Wrath" depression era 30s, via 50s "Gunsmoke" (to grab that hat) and ended up stranded in a desolate highway truck stop with only a burger & coke for company - Such is the imagery that pervade this album.
His C.V (if we can beleive it) only add to the mystic. With stints as a grave digger, preacher, truck driver he's had the sort of life affirming experiences that recall the lives of Jack Keroac or Woody Guthrie. It should come as no surprise that this, his debut album, is an ecletic mix.
Bracketed within the new AMERICANA/ALT COUNTRY movement White has no qualms utilizing many forms of music to create his narrative led slices of twisted rustic life. WRONG EYED JESUS, as the title suggests, is a rich tapesty woven with intense imagery; and like a David Lynch film much of the narrative is both bizarre and surreal. Welcome to a world of murdering preachers, suicide and incest, ghosts and angels.
White wroughts these vignettes in the Southern tradition utilising banjo and pedal steel, harmonica and accordion to create a home-spun yet refreshing musical tableau.
Who can resist "Stabbed In The Heart" a tale of a spurned lover dying alone in the woods or the epic "A Perfect Day To Chase Tornados" with its crazed Holyman.
White is also not afraid to experiment as the frenetic "Wordmule" shows which he aptly dubs "hick-hop", or the energetic foot stomper "When Jesus Gets A Brand New Name" with his marvelous down-in-the-boots vocal growl.
But the greatest moments are the quietest. "Still Waters" is a haunting lullaby, whilst "Heaven Of My Heart" is a breezy affirmation of love.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Morledge on 17 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
After a lot of years searching for the perfect sound, the one that captured in every facet my own very personalised image of America, I came across Jim White's debut album, 'Wrong Eyed Jesus' and I knew that I had found it. The album resonates with more than just the sound of the south but with echoes of its soul as well. Tales of love and lost love, abandonment, searching and redemption flow seamlessly through each track, the lyrics dripping with a home spun religious revivalism that wouldn't fail to grip a die hard atheist. That Jim White knows of what he speaks you never doubt, an act of faith at one with the tales of the same contained within.

The album fits perfectly into the 'Southern Gothic' niche, although is far more tuneful and melodic than most in that area. From the opening track Jim White reveals a delicacy of touch that makes the album a pleasure to listen to, and draws out the macabre darkness inherent in his lyrics to full effect because of this. While parallels can be drawn to writers like Harry Crews and artists like Tom Waits, White presents a far more palatable approach to tales of woe, softening the savage in favour of well drawn metaphors.

Despite its primary interest in the darker side of life, 'Wrong Eyed Jesus' mixes both pessimism and optimism in equal measure, 'Heaven of My Heart' and 'Angel-Land' never failing to raise a smile. All in all Jim White's debut offering is an album of slowly revealing mysterys, that captures the imagination as well as the soul, and takes the listener on a journey through 11 carefully crafted landscapes to a landscape all too familiar in its strangeness.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F.E.Blue on 16 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like others stumbled onto the end of the TV program on one of the BBC cable channels and was won over to the charms of Jim White. Can be an uncomfortable listen at first as you're not quite sure whether or not he's out there with the loonies or if this is a mickey-take. Several listens in and there is no doubt in my mind.
If you like Americana and, especially, Jim Jarmusch films my guess is that you'll like this too. Some songs are twee & clunky but "a perfect day to chase tornados" is an instant classic. Have been experimenting with new American music for a while now (Willard Grant, Josh Ritter, Grant Lee Phillips) but I think I've found what I was looking for in Jim White.
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