Thursday, March 10, 2011

Will Kimbrough - This - 2000

This opens with the majestic, Matthew Sweet-circa-100% Fun "Closer to the Ground." But the album's tone changes throughout, making for a varied, eclectic ride. The airy "Chimayo" comes with shadings of Burt Bacharach, breezy harmonies, and muted trumpets. The sad and slow "Down in My Mind" is a cloistered bit of countrified sentiment, all wrapped up in sparse, bluesy guitar licks. And "Diamond in a Garbage Can" -- with lines like "she's the rotten apple of her daddy's eye," "leaning up against the pawnshop door/I could see she wasn't an ordinary whore," and "she's too sad to be so young" -- is a mid-tempo ramble in the vein of the progressive roots music of the mid-'70s. "Goodnight Moon" ends the set. It's a lullaby-like ode to leaving home with lilting tuba, euphonium, and alto sax by David Jacques. Will Kimbrough's guitar work -- which can also be heard on albums by Kim Richey, Matthew Ryan, Josh Rouse, Amy Rigby, and Jess Klein -- is seamless, and his vocals, which lie somewhere between those of Neil Finn and Gram Parsons, are sweet and warm. -AMG


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Todd said...

I had forgotten about Will. Time to dig oout my Will and the bushmen cds!

Mecurus said...

Many thanks for the Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack. Their work is a treasure!

Maximum Jack said...

Not sure why that AMG blurb doesn't mention Will & the Bushmen. In fact, the AMG site has zero bio info on W&tB and only tracklistings for their three albums-- weird. Thanks for putting this up, I missed it.


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