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Sudden Fiction: Dan Michaelson -Knee Deep in some gorgeous music,
This review is from: Sudden Fiction (Audio CD)
There really is no one else like Dan Michaelson. He writes intensely beautiful songs about love and romance, with an eye for recondite detail and an ability to make catching lyrics that just take my breath away. The number of time I listen to one of his songs and think `actually, yes, love is just like that' is beyond counting.
This is a slowish album, centre stage is Michaelson's sublime lyrics delivered in his slow, slightly craggy, ever so expressive voice. It's as though he puts his whole heart into every word he delivers. The backing group are just perfect, delivering slow shuffly beats, accentuating and supporting his vocals and always seeming to know just what note is required where. The backing is understated, and at times it seems as though the notes that aren't played are as important as the ones that are.
At this point in a review I would usually say `recommended to fans of...' and draw some comparisons, but I honestly cannot think of anyone who bears comparison with Michaelson's beautiful work. The best I can do is `for fans of early Leonard Cohen, but sparser, gloomier and much more British'.
This is Michaelson's third solo release, I would also recommend his previous albums `Saltwater' and `Shakes' unreservedly. Also check out his earlier work with Absentee.