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Micah P. Hinson And The Pioneer Saboteurs

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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B003DI3L84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Although Abilene, Texas's Micah P Hinson's fourth 'proper' album'–excluding 2009's ill-advised covers release–begins with a dolorous chamber music overture and closes with a rather more optimistic instrumental waltz, ...Pioneer Saboteurs is far from a string-laden coffee table country record. The seven minutes of white noise that precede its pastoral coda make that clear. They're hardly necessary, however, given that Hinson's spent the previous hour auditioning to replace Johnny Cash as the Man in Black.

...Pioneer Saboteurs is a grand requiem for Hinson's America inspired by Walt Whitman's 1900 poem Pioneers! O Pioneers. It's defined by Hinson's lugubrious, weather-beaten baritone, like a hoarse Lee Hazlewood calling from beyond the grave, and an unusual musical mixture that occupies a desolate ground between Calexico, Tom Waits and, perhaps, Mogwai. It's full of sepulchral beauty, especially on its central track, The Cross That Stole This Heart Away, in which, against a bleak musical landscape much like a sedated Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hinson wearily recalls his rescue by an alternative saviour who "gently spoke my fears and trials away". Dear Ashley is similarly potent: while lyrically it struggles to express any more than "you set me aflame", Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers)'s aching strings convey "the words I meant to say" far more eloquently than Hinson's consciously inarticulate speech of the heart.

But such reticence is unusual, with Hinson repeatedly conjuring up often shocking images, of "ropes made for limbs", of men "impaled on a foreigner's fence", of a lover "stuck on the job" while his partner hangs herself, of a preacher who would "rather cock the trigger than live another day". Some might find all this misery, whether it's stripped back like Sweetness or as explosive as She's Building Castles in Her Heart , a little masochistic for their tastes. Those, however, who have followed Hinson's career since 2004's debut, The Gospel of Progress, will be relieved by a compelling return to Gothic American themes which repays their early conviction that he is a unique songwriter capable of converting lyrical gloom into musical glory.

--Wyndham Wallace

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Well how can I categorise this album? Well its certainly not Country! Imagine a voice somewhere between Bill Callaghan and Johnny Cash and mix in strings and massive cinematic instrumental passages. Yes this album is part that. Then there are the dark subversive and cynical lyrics, the great melodies, and you are starting to understand the sheer quality of this most surprising offering. Even the CD sleeve is lovingly put together to simulate an old vinyl cover complete with stains, creases and worn edges. The music on this cd is however anything but old. Its as experimental in its own way as Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and that is a compliment I rarely give. The final track "The Returning" is a case in point. It is a caldron of feedback and fuzz before returning to acoustic loveliness. Certainly a difficult album to review because it is so different yet utterly brilliant. No music lover should miss out on this one.
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Not my favourite Hinson album but still great. It has a sound which is like JJ Cale meets Olivia Tremor Control. It gets a little too emotional.

Equally great to listen in the evenings with a glass of whiskey whilst rocking the baby to sleep or whacking people on Call of Duty.
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Shamed as I am to say it, (and even though I consider myself a bit of a muso), Id never taken the time to listen to Micah P. Hinson. Yes, I know, I know, I can hear you long term fans sneering, but this album is all new stuff to me and its just hitting the spot right now as I write my review. For those like me who havent heard (of) this guy, how shall I explain his music? Hmm, a tiny bit of Richard Hawley, a big bit of Johnny Cash, a possible hint of Ian McCulloch? (sorry maybe thats just me), and while it has a country feel to it, can I just say I cant stand country music. Maybe its like downbeat country? But a country style thats more like youd expect cowboys to sing around a campfire at night over a lost lover - not that thumbs in the belt, checked shirt drivel you might think of when hearing those two awful words "country music". This is not an upbeat album though, not by a long chalk. In fact, its a little bit depressing, but today i like it. So if you maybe fancy a break from the usual boring indie jangle, or two a penny electro-pop, maybe you could check this out.
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Micah P Hinson's first album includes a superb track called 'Patience' and I was so impressed with the whole lp that I texted my sister and suggested that if you only buy one album before you die, this was it. Yep, it's that good. And this offering - and I reckon it's his 4th (that's all the ones I've got at any rate) is almost up there with the first. Other reviewers allude to Cash and Hawley, and rightly so, while to these ears there's a hint of modern-day Lee Hazelwood or Mickey Newbury...maybe John Stewart. Anyway, these songs are largely very good, and in the case of the final two tracks, 'She building up castles in her heart' and 'The returning', quite outstanding. It's different but well worth the effort.
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By Paul on 31 Jan. 2011
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Heard about Micah in reviews from time to time, decided to add this albumn to a Spotify playlist whilst I played Fallout: New-Vegas. Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful, painful, soothing. Might be a 5 star after I get to know it fully.
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