these 11 meditations on love, fidelity & transience therein see dan willson’s songwriting hit dizzying heights: by turns confessional & melancholy, raucous & life-affirming.
on ‘new gods’ willson deals with the big stuff: love, death, friendship, infidelity, road trips, stargazing & cough mixture abuse. the magnificent ‘horseshoe’, kicks off proceedings with its plaintive entreaty “please don’t put a shadow on her lung”. love & the fear of loss is the theme here. it’s followed by ‘black tambourine’, the purest pop song on the album, an anti-hipster anthem that jangles in all the right places. ‘king of hollywood’ details a night in la with willson’s friend & mentor king creosote while the title track sees him transported to switzerland, cutting across the fields at night & staring up at the milky way. “beautifully constructed lyrical frameworks” 4/5 – mojo “affirms willson’s superlative abilities” 4/5 – the skinny.