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The inventive US songwriter continues the easy tone set by 2012's 'Break It Yourself' & its stripped-down companion piece 'Hands of Glory'.
Bird retreats even further from the elegant pop orchestrations & looping of the decade prior, turning in his most ardently rural album to date. It marks yet another era of Bird's prolific & ever-evolving career. For one, it's an album of songs by Chicago duo the Handsome Family. Additionally, it marks a dedicated return to the live, single-mike recording technique he championed on his first two albums with the Bowl of Fire in the late 90s. The performances he & his new band deliver here are wonderfully nuanced, liable to enthrall fans of the intimate, lonesome sounds of Lambchop & Sharon van etten et al. "exceptional in execution, beautiful in its haunting simplicity." - Popmatters