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on 29 March 2004
On the cover of Jim White’s latest album is the ghostly image of a man and a woman, faces close together, looking out from the shadows. The image recalls nothing so much as the art of the late Howard Finster, where fleeting yet ever present spirits flow in and out of this realm and another distant place and time, maybe even in and out of heaven itself. Like fellow southerner Finster, Jim White’s art is infused with the presence of God and Jesus, sin and redemption, but in White’s case, also with the beauty and mystery of love. In White’s world, love often comes with its cruel traveling companions, heartbreak and deep sorrow.
Several of the songs on “Drill a hole..” have been reworked into their current versions from having been played live in different incarnations over the last few years.
As with his previous two albums, this one can’t be neatly pegged into any particular genre, but somehow, the different styles of the songs fit together much like individual pieces of a mosaic, ultimately forming a beautiful picture.
Co-produced by Joe Henry, this CD has a more jazzy overall feel than “The wrong eyed Jesus” and “No such place”. “Combing my hair in a brand new style” and “Buzzards of love”, both showcase a mindblowing horn section unlike anything on White’s previous CDs, and while neither of these two is a short song by any means, both offer only a glimpse into the extended improvisations which might be possible if the band were unleashed on stage. The opening track, “Static on the radio”, with backing vocals by Aimee Mann, has an easy, laid back feel, is instantly accessible, and should be a hit on the radio if there were any justice in the world. “Bluebird” is a heartwrenchingly melancholic love song in which White tells of finding salvation in the eyes of his daughter. In "If Jesus drove a motor home” White gives us another installment of his humorous take on the Lord.
“Objects in motion” is one of the songs which has evolved through years of playing it live, and is given the dreamiest treatment of the different moods permeating the album.
Jim White is unquestionably one of the best singer/songwriters/storytellers working today, and this is a must have CD from a one of a kind musician who is just hitting his stride.
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on 10 July 2004
On the cover of Jim White's latest album is the ghostly image of a man and a woman, faces close together, looking out from the shadows. The image recalls nothing so much as the art of the late Howard Finster, where fleeting yet ever present spirits flow in and out of this realm and another distant place and time, maybe even in and out of heaven itself. Like fellow southerner Finster, Jim White's art is infused with the presence of God and Jesus, sin and redemption, and in White's case, also with the beauty and mystery of love. In White's world, love often comes with its cruel traveling companions, heartbreak and deep sorrow.
Several of the songs on "Drill a hole.." have been reworked into their current versions from having been played live in different incarnations over the last few years.
As with his previous two albums, this one can't be neatly pegged into any particular genre, but somehow, the different styles of the songs fit together much like individual pieces of a mosaic, ultimately forming a beautiful picture.
Co-produced by Joe Henry, this CD has a more jazzy overall feel than "The wrong eyed Jesus" and "No such place". "Combing my hair in a brand new style" and "Buzzards of love", both showcase a mindblowing horn section unlike anything on White's previous CDs, and while neither of these two is a short song by any means, both offer only a glimpse into the extended improvisations which might be possible if the band were unleashed on stage. The opening track, "Static on the radio", with backing vocals by Aimee Mann, has an easy, laid back feel, is instantly accessible, and should be a hit on the radio if there were any justice in the world. "Bluebird" is a heartwrenchingly melancholic love song in which White tells of finding salvation in the eyes of his daughter. In "If Jesus drove a motor home" White gives us another installment of his humorous take on the Lord along with more horns.
"Objects in motion" is one of the songs which has evolved through years of playing it live, and is given the dreamiest treatment of the different moods permeating the album.
Jim White is unquestionably one of the best singer/songwriters/storytellers working today, and this is a must have CD from a one of a kind musician who is just hitting his stride.
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on 26 April 2004
Once again Jim White doesn't fail to deliver. If you have heard Jim White,then this is more of the good stuff! If you haven't, then you are missingout. Listening to a Jim White album is an experience, a journey & this oneis no different. Each song you listen to is like reading a good novel orwatching a good film. There is so much good stuff here, but I don't havethe words to describe it - you just need to listen to it. And that's thething with Jim White, you need to listen & if you do you will be rewardedwith an experience so unique & so rich that you will go back for more time& time again. Listen to 'Bluebird', a song written for his 5 1/2 year olddaughter, a beautiful song, an incredible piece of poetry. 'BorrowedWings', sounds like the American South, banjo driven, dark, exciting,eerie, sad ..... .'Combing My Hair In A Brand New Style', incredible sound& songwriting, clever, clever, witty lyrics. Again lot's of humour in thealbum and excellent production. Buy this album - listen to it - listen toit again - listen to it again - listen to it again -
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on 3 August 2005
To classify this as country seems like an arbitrary decision but it is too lyrical and traditional for post-rock and too mellow for alt. rock so progressive country it is. Drill has a loungy tone devoid of the hootenanny factor but it does tend to go over the top in the production area from time to time. Smooth and full of effort to expand the boundaries of country in most tracks, I believe White overextends himself in the process sometimes specifically on "Combing My Hair In A Brand New Style" which is styled after the Black Crowes' "Soul Singing" mixed with the Sopranos' theme. Each song is explored to the fullest, five out of ten going well over six minutes long, and the range of musical apparatus used like keyboards, bongos, an Irish flute, all manner of percussions, and pro-tools off-set the usual country line-up completely bending traditional notions and guaranteeing his videos will never be played on CMT. His lyrics pursue an Eels led depression with more of a "Jesus, what went wrong" edge to them. The guest appearance of Aimee Mann perfectly sets the tone of the album with her typically sullen croon on the first track and the Barenaked Ladies don't seem out of place here either although the album is definitely closer to her solo work than theirs. Aside from the combing incident, this is a strong album regardless of whatever genre you think this is. The question now becomes, will Blanche, Iron & Wine, and the like continue to push the barriers of their ancient genre or rest on their profitable achievements?
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on 21 May 2004
Well, I've listened to this album dozens of times now, and while it has grown on me considerably, it's still not one of JWs best. If "Wrong Eyed Jesus" is gold (and it is: pure spun gold), and "No Such Place" is silver, then "Drill A Hole" is a tarnished bronze. There are a few great tracks ("Bluebird", "Borrowed Wings" and "Girl From Brownsville Texas" are the standouts) and Jims lyrics are always interesting and/or funny, but there's a whiff of over-production, some unnecessary guest stars, not enough singing (narrative-style talking and whispering dominates the album), a couple of quite bland songs, and for some reason the whole package just doesn't gel in the same way as his previous albums did. Still kinda worth getting, but don't build up your expectations.
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on 28 April 2004
Couldn't wait another month for this CD to go on sale in the US so Ibought it from AmazonUK. Beware! Jim White is a dangerous truth-teller,shining an honest skeptic's light on all the Static on the Radio.
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on 14 August 2011
Well worth the purchase. Quirky and typically unpredictable - all the Jim White trademarks. Listen to a few tracks on a free site and make up your own mind. You either love him or hate him.
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on 19 May 2005
Yes, I must agree with the review below, this is not Jim white at his best. I was pretty much hoping that the album would grown on me to, but this really never happened. I wish all the best for Jim and that's why I want to say to you that please, get back to WEJ moods, get back to basics. This album has few good moments, but it's not enough to save the package. The production is at times really bad for my taste. It's like a Jim is trying sound like something he really is not. Those lame backing vocal-mixings in a few songs just don't work at all.
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