Caught in the Trees
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Ultimately, this is a good disc, but I was hoping for a big step forward. I suppose that not every disc can be a breakthrough album, and I don't want anyone to think that this is a negative review--I am definitely endorsing the disc, but I want to encourage DJ to continue pushing the songcraft, to dig a little deeper.
So who will like this? Fans of Matt Pond PA, fans of Dennison Whitmer will both probably be familiar with him, and will find much to enjoy. Fans of Nick Drake who have been told about the comparison will likely be initially disappointed (being compared to Nick Drake is a hard label to live up to!) but on repeat listen will likely enjoy this more and more.Read more ›
There are highlights all over the album, but if you want a quick taste I would listen to "Gillian was a horse", "Trials", or "Predictive Living". If you're new to Damien Jurado, I think fans of Magnolia Electric Company, Hayden, Johnny Cash, and even Elliott Smith could find a new artist to add to your arsenal. Take a chance, I think you'll enjoy what you hear.
Thanks, and happy listening. And by the way, if you don't own "I Break Chairs" add it to your cart immediately.
Engineered by Kory Krukenberg and Casey Foubert at VU
Mixed at VU by Kory Krukenberg
Mastered at Spectre Mastering by Troy Glessner
Produced by Kory Krukenberg, Casey Foubert, Band
Easily the most understated songwriter of our time, Seattle's Damien Jurado is one of the most affecting, deeply introspective poets, and bountiful songwriters.
Known for a desolate narrative style, Jurado typically takes listeners through rigid tough times and disconnection: most albums brimming with sad songs on sad events, dotted with the occasional elevating glimmer.
He also bares unwieldy surprises, album to album. Coming off the stark abandoning lo-fi burner And Now That I'm in Your Shadow, his seventh full-length soars Jurado into another direction. Resting his acoustic guitar a bit, Caught in The Trees ignites with electrified sound and new accompaniment.
Jurado's recognizable, sweet and lightly Southern cadence is paired with female vocals (Jenna Conrad). Polished electric/acoustic guitars, heaving waves of cello strings, upbeat percussive rhythm and glittering piano verses frame the vocals.
As comparisons to Will Oldham suggest, this album sparks of rock influence that even the aggressive and flaring I Break Chairs album doesn't reach. "I'm no bullshit talker," opens up the album on "Gillian Was a Horse." Melody has always been Jurado's most noticeable crutch. Next to his poetic panache, melody gives him the edge to let the saddest fable you've ever heard be listenable and life altering. Here melody is digested with mostly up-tempo instrumentation and vocals. Though songs like "Last Right" and "Everything Trying" show Jurado keeps the past nearby.Read more ›
the melancholy lyrics are juxtaposed with dark yet somewhat melodic chords and notes that are finger picked in a sort of alternative country folkish indie style.
this is my first album by him, the track "caskets" was what caught my attention upon hearing it one late night on tv.
i was getting sober off heroin at the time and that was just 4 months ago.
it really hit close to home to say the least.
even if you don't listen to this type of genre in music, it's a good listen when you're in the mood for exploring different musical styles or just giving an artist you've never heard of a chance to captivate your mind, body and soul. if you are already open minded about music though, i assure you, you will not be disappointed with this one, well, unless your heart has been torn open so many times it is no longer there... and even then, that's the perfect reason to listen to this album. ;]
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Phenomenal album all around. A definite "must have" for any Jurado fan. Not much else needs to be said...the material speaks for itself.Published 16 months ago by Jason Alan Blakeley
Great album. Love Paper Kite and Everything Trying. But what got me listening to this album was Sheets. Really all the songs are great. I do not regret this purchase in the least.Published on February 1, 2014 by Angela Weifenbach
As a longtime Damien Jurado fan, I was used to more themed albums with a consistent story. This is a definite departure from that. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by D. J. Bjorkman
This album is utterly amazing. I came across "Sheets" on Pandora, and was instantly smitten with Damien Jurado. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Kirnex
This CD is flat out amazing. Damien's voice is superb and the songs are brilliantly written. If you like emotional singer-song writer type music, then I'd give this a shot. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by mew
"Go First" is the tune that caught my attention. It brought to mind Neil Young, a folk-rock Young. Very simplistic, yet impressive singer/songwriter album with a hint of country... Read morePublished on November 9, 2008 by Robert Been