This CD will haunt you. Damien Jurado’s newest foray into folk is nearly perfect in its ambience. Probably Sub Pop’s angel at this point, Jurado has made a career of moody folk over the past few years. This record proves his song-writing strength.
Not unlike Hayden or Julie Doiron, Jurado sounds like Neil Young’s earlier days revisited. He perfectly crafts songs about death, loss and fear. Hiding such grim content among happy tunes, he sounds like a classic country crooner who’s stumbled into the future.
This is a strong album. It’s probably his best in years, and definitely establishes him as a powerful force in folk.