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5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet, and that's saying a lot, 28 Sep 2007
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JG "wordmule" (...onward....thru the fog!) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Transnormal Skiperoo (Audio CD)
About a year ago, Jim White opened for Ollabelle, his backing band on several tracks on "Skiperoo". After the show, I commented to him that "A town called Amen", the opening track, sounded like Jim White channeling John Prine. Jokingly or not, White said "that's exactly what I was doing on that song". For my money, Jim White does John Prine better than Prine himself.

This record is a new chapter in Jim White's quirky adventures from the south. By his own description, it's a happier chronicle of the goings on in his world than previous albums, but fear not, Jim White fans, I'm here to assure you that there is plenty of dark, mysterious and mystical stuff lurking around every corner, just like on his past records.

As you listen to "Skiperoo", you'll soon get the feeling that White has made peace with some of the demons that have haunted him in the past, although on "Jailbird", the first of several gorgeous, contemplative songs, he reflects on the difficulties of leaving one's past behind, a theme that has often emerged on his previous records. As the song ends with a beautiful harmonica, you can just picture the player sitting on a front porch in the Appalachians. The end of the song is very similar to the end of "Sleepy town" from White's debut album "Wrong Eyed Jesus"; so much so, that I listened for that dog barking in the neighbor down the road's yard, but it wasn't there.

Jim White has a great sense of humor too, and isn't afraid of changing the mood on his albums. The first oddball, not to mention infectiously addictive party song is "Crash into the sun". No word on the meaning of the lyrics, but with its trumpets, handclaps, and "woo-hoo" chorus, it sure is a lot of fun, and guaranteed to stick to the neurons in the back of your brain.

Things can get dark and spooky "out in the junkyard of the pines of the south". "Fruit of the vine" makes you feel like you're in White's BBC documentary "Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus". Sit back and enjoy some great slide guitar on the electric banjocaster on this one.

White likes to "road test" his songs, often for years, before they show up on a record. He's done "Take me away" live in a bunch of different versions over the years. You can be sure when you see him live, that the song will have changed once again, which is a great thing.

The album cover has a turquoise house on it. "Turquoise house" the song, is White's goofball ode to all the alternative lifestyles that some of the morally righteous people in the current US government are deathly afraid of. There's a great Fleetwood Mac mandolin quote on this song too.

There has always been a distinct cinematic quality to just about all of White's music, probably not coincidentally because of the fact he holds a degree in film from New York University. "Diamonds to coal" is a great example of that. Lyrically, it's also a great metaphor for not ruining a good thing.

Someone sent me a list from the internet where White's own "Christmas Day (1998)" was listed as the third saddest song ever recorded. Well, folks, if "Christmas Day" was sad, "Plywood Superman" is even sadder, but more on an internal, than shattered romance level.

Some of the greatest musicians often comment they don't know the meaning of their own songs until years later. I've also heard musicians say they've found new meanings in their songs after hearing a listener's interpretation of the song. "Pictures of heaven", according to White, is dedicated to his daughters. Before I read his description of the meaning of the song, the words made me think of a good friend of mine and his young sons, who recently lost his wife and their mother to cancer.

"Skiperoo" is the best record Jim White has done yet. And that's saying a lot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully wierd, 13 Oct 2007
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K. Johnston (Huntingdon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Transnormal Skiperoo (Audio CD)
Jim is such a fantastically unique talent, and his records always contain gems that will stay with you long after most other music is forgotten. His quirky humour takes some of the bleaker moments in life and turns them into real beauty. If you get a chance to see him live, DO NOT MISS HIM. Usually crammed into some small venue it does not get much more personal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just gets better, 18 Oct 2007
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Paul Shrimpling (Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Transnormal Skiperoo (Audio CD)
A glorious album. How on earth do you combine laid back electro country with a real groove to it? Jim White does it brilliantly well and yet does not warrant any sort of classification really. I can't tell you how much we enjoy his scathing wit and the sheer musicality of what Jim creates. I can't believe he isn't more popular (but quietly relieved that he isn't). Go and see him if you can and get this album. He's unique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jim White, 14 Aug 2011
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Most of Jim White's work is really good even if it's not to everyone's taste! This is no exception but you need to have an open mind to different styles of music from blues to folk to just downright excentric. Listen to a few free tracks somewhere first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 11 Mar 2013
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A fantastic artist and brilliant album. Will definitely be getting a few more of Jim Whites albums, he is a genius.
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