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4.0 out of 5 stars Substance Over Style,
This review is from: Saint Bartlett (Audio CD)Damien Jurado is a singer/songwriter from Seattle.
He has a catlogue of fine albums stretching back
to his 1997 debut 'Waters Ave S'. His last release
'Caught In The Trees' (2008) was an absolute hoot!
Do take time to discover such little wonders as the
jolly 'Gillian Is A Horse' and the perfect heartbreaking
beauty of 'Last Rights'. Mr Jurado has the ability
to cover all emotional bases with quiet confidence.
His new opus 'Saint Bartlett' is a collection of
twelve new songs brought to life in an impeccably
bleak production by Richard Swift. Dazzling despair!
The general mood maintains the bitter-sweet ambience
which has long been his hallmark. This is not to say
that Mr Jurado is a miserable soul. One listen to the
haunting miniature 'Pear' demonstrates his ability to
turn even the most melancholy material into something
quite magical in its stripped-down intensity.
'Rachel & Cali' is another darkly-hued highlight.
A tale of profound existential insecurity played out over
a gently jangling guitar and bass motif. (The spirit of
John Martyn may well have been watching from the wings).
'Cloudy Shoes' is a very curious confection. Mr Jurado
sings sadly into the woods and a disembodied being, who may
or may not be Yogi Bear, echoes back his plaintive entreaties.
It is a deeply disconcerting (and mildly amusing) invention.
'The Falling Snow' is a chillingly bleak arrangement for
barroom piano, big drums and ghosts-in-the-attic harmonies.
The little warmth generated by the central refrain is not
enough to prevent his breath from hanging frozen in the air.
Final track 'With Lightening In Your Hands' is simply sublime.
The world Mr Jurado creates is not always easy one to share.
His vision may be uncomfortably stark at times but
I'll take this kind of substance over style any day!
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy More Jurado,
This review is from: Saint Bartlett (Audio CD)Brilliant album from Jurado. Melodic, heartfelt loveliness and that voice...Off to see him live this summer and the homework is paying off. Can't wait. I am sure I will buy everything when I have the cash and he time to listen to all of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Fantastic,
This review is from: Saint Bartlett [Amazon Exclusive 2CD] (Audio CD)Every time i put on a new Damien Jurado record i have a horrible feeling that i may be a bit disappointed due to his excellent back catalogue. I worry that the new record can't live up to it. However, this record is great. The production form Richard Swift gives a slightly new sound. Cloudy Shoes and Arkansas are great openers and the last two tracks also close the album brilliantly. In between there may be a couple of dips in standard but just to very good rather than excellent. Heartfelt and gorgeous throughout.
Can't wait for the next record.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, well worth listening to.,
This review is from: Saint Bartlett [+Digital Booklet] (MP3 Download)To be honest I never buy music as I've had the same collection for years and with Spotify why would I buy any?
I brought this album because I want to support Damien as I believe that he is an excellent artist. There are times when I get sad or down and I put on a bit of Jurado and I remember that life is beautiful.
I like Damien because he is genuine in his songs like he is in flesh when I saw in play last year. If you like Damien you will like this album!
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