on 15 December 2004
This album should see Ned Oldham move a little further out of the immense shadow cast by brother Will.The Anomoanon have been getting better and better with each release,the last one,The Derby Ram,a wonderful stew of traditional lyrics,folky floral passages and guitar wigouts.Joji has more of a rock feel,but is no less beautiful for it.
The album starts with Down and brown which has a chugging southern fried 70's rock feel(please don't think Kings of Leon,this music is by artists not artisans).The next few songs are the same,neat verses,sing along choruses,great vocal harmonies and extended guitar passages.The middle of the album,songs After than before and Wedding song,show just how good Anomoanon have become.After than before is a trippy,mostly acoustic instrumental(Led Zeppelin 3)that neatly segues into the ailbums longest track ,Wedding song,this song shows the band at the height of it's powers,a wonderful lyric,great harmonising and long almost serene instrumental passages.
The remainder of the album is no less magical.
If you like Will Oldham and My morning jacket,think of this album as a product of a union between the two,but,perhaps,better than that.
Trust me,try it out.