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on 13 August 2015
I bought thus purely on the strength of the reviews and while it has it's moments I've never really taken to it. The arrangements are nice but the whole thing feels so soporific at times it feels like it's going to collapse under it's own laid backness. I find his incredibly mannered vocal style gets wearying very quickly and it just sounds like an inferior retread of something like Dr John, without really bringing anything new to the party.
Despite me praising the arrangements I wonder if this would have worked better if it had been a bit more sparse and direct sounding. At times it's like wading through aural treacle-White doesn't sound like he can stay awake and I had difficulty doing the same while listening.
Big Love however is ace and the standout moment of this album by a country mile.