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Take me, I'm yours,
By A Customer
This review is from: Where Shall You Take Me? (Audio CD)
This is his fifth LP, I'd never heard of him. I read the review in Uncut and thought he sounded interesting. I was in HMV, I saw the record so I bought it.
It's one of the greatest albums I've heard. Ever.
On first listen it's a really beautiful slice of simple Americana. A little Sparklehorse-y in places, even Uncle Tupelo. he sounds a little like Jay Farrar singing one of Jeff Tweedy's more ballad-y songs. A few of the songs are near Traditional mid-west folk ditties. It's immediately very engaging, drawing you in as softly spoken murmurs of things not right emerge from the sparse arrangements.
The blood splattered CD design gives a very obvious clue, but it's onlt when you catch the words that you really get to understand that this is a very very dark place you've entered.
On opener "Amateur Night"
I am not an evil man
I just have a habit I can't kick
sets the scene, as for the next 30 minutes eerie little sketches of love, lust and murderous intent take you over.
Innocent litle folk ditties act as a prelude for the closing chapter "Bad Dreams".
And I have bad dreams
Done so many bad things
So come save me from this fire
a plea for redemption. But without remorse. A lone violin takes over and the words repeat to fade.
The picture of the electric chair inside the CD's case makes perfect sense.
It's a stunning record, musically simple, Jurado's cracked voice oft' complimented by Rosie Thomas' more classic notes. A drak Gram and Emmylou perhaps? Not really, with the exception of the Alt.Country rock of Texas to Ohio (a song about how love to turns to loathing as our host and friend embark on a journey of escape, from who, what or where we're not quite sure), this is not a straightforward country rock record.
Nick Cave sometimes springs to mind, plus trad Bluegrass, Raymond Carver, appalachian folk and Willa Cather.