ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – In The Shape Of A Storm | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.04.19

 

 

 

 

 

Damien Jurado’s 14th studio album blends timeless blue-collar folk with the harsh realities of life in the American heartlands. But the Seattle singer’s music is intertwined with a stoic optimism about love and relationships aided by gentle acoustic accompaniment and a voice like maple syrup, at times so quiet you can almost hear the boards of his porch creak under the weight of his words.

Occasional accoutrements, such as the whistled outro of South or the surprising melodic lilt of Silver Ball, make this a record to come back to and adds to the traditional arrangements with subtle variations in style and pitch, while the sublime closer Hands On The Table is as good as it gets.

 

 

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