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A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (Dig)

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2009 release from the Texas-based singer/songwriter. With a keen eye for observation and a wise man's knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs a dozen songs that couldn't spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile Rock 'n' Roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. The writing and recording of A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment came on the heels of Hubbard's screenplay endeavor, which was funded and filmed with a cast of icons including Kris Kristopherson, Dwight Yoakam, and Lizzy Caplan. A weekly radio show, constant touring, and producing kept him busy, but didn't manage to steal the Texan singer/songwriter's focus. The outcome of the album is a juxtaposition of songs like 'Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse,p a fundamental Gospel piece, and 'Drunken Poet's Dream,' a co-write with Hayes Carll.

1. A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C)
2. Drunken Poet's Dream
3. Down Home Country Blues
4. Wasp's Nest
5. Pots and Pans
6. Tornado Ripe
7. Whoop and Hollar
8. Black Wings
9. Loose
10. Every Day is the Day of the Dead
11. Opium
12. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bordello Records
  • ASIN: B002WSR8UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on January 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm not familiar with the early music of Ray Wylie Hubbard - the only albums I have are 'Growl' and 'Snake Farm'. Although 'A/B no C' has a slightly different sound, it still has the same basic ingredients as those other two albums : a unique brand of (predominantly) spooky, groove-infested swamp-rock-Americana; parched, world-weary vocals delivered with a sardonic edge; playing which is stripped down yet incisive; and songs often inhabited by characters from the dark dungeon that is Ray Wylie's mind.

Music-wise, Ray Wylie Hubbard has always struck me as being a law unto himself, and with 'A/B no C', he seems to be developing an even more idiosyncratic style. Upon first hearing his music, it was the groove-ridden sound that sent me scurrying for my credit card. However, once I'd had an opportunity to listen more attentively, it soon became apparent that he was an adept lyricist with a keen awareness of the perverseness of the human condition - here, with the emphasis upon sin, salvation and sensuality. All songs are written by Ray Wylie, except 'Drunken Poet's Dream' - co-written with Hayes Carll, and 'Every Day is the Day of the Dead - co-written with band member Billy Cassis.

Ray Wylie plays acoustic, resonator and electric guitars (with and without slide) and harmonica; he is ably supported by a whole host of players and vocalists (no less than 15 - I think) - other featured instruments include : mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, electric bass and keyboards. Without a doubt, all are fine musicians, but I feel the astonishing playing of Rick Richards on drums and percussion (including some less conventional 'instruments') merits a special mention; guest players include: Bukka Allen (keyboards), Ray Bonneville (harmonica) and David Abeyter (electric guitar).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By macfawlty on February 3, 2010
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The previous reviews give you enough to chew on. All I can say is that this is indeed a masterpiece... a game-changer. A CD so raw, grungy and authentic, produced masterfully. The instrumentation, backup vocals and recording techniques so rare in an over-produced world of studio records. That's probably the reason I listen to and buy mostly live recordings. I want it raw. But when it's done right, like this, it's a game-changer... the model by which all CDs should be recorded and produced. Truly one of the biggest surprises I have come across in a long time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By 'Rebel' Rod Ames on January 12, 2010
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I've said it once and I'll keep saying it until I see something change, "Texas music has become so extremely diluted; sometimes it's difficult to distinguish it from the crap emitted from the sewers running beneath the city of Nashville."

There are a few exceptions. Guy Clark continues to write and record in his own unique and earthy style. Hayes Carll is releasing some amazing music, as is Jon Dee Graham. There are others but this is not the topic at hand here. Thank the God of your choice, whoever that is, for the above artists and others like them who have yet to sell their souls.

In addition, thank him, her, or it for this latest record from Ray Wylie Hubbard! This enormously talented singer and songwriter has once again blessed us with his latest release from Bordello Records, "A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: there is no C)".

This latest endeavor, scheduled for release today, is a tremendously good album and I would have to say, it's his best album to date. In fact, the more I listen to it the more I want to use the word "Masterpiece". He just keeps writing better, playing better, singing better, working with great producers and engineers. Everyone just seems to be clicking along on all pistons, coming together to out do themselves time and time again. You would think, at some point, he would reach his apex, but he keeps out doing himself release after release. Is there no end to this? I certainly hope not. As far as I'm concerned, this could go on forever.

Mr. Hubbard has invited many of the usual suspects to join him in this latest effort. Seth James, Gurf Morlix, Ray's son Lucas Hubbard (on board for a couple track), and Rick Richards are as reliable as ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Bowman on February 21, 2010
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Great album. Gritty writing and sound, with a spark of hope. He achieved his goal of mixing the writing of Guy Clark and playing of John Lee Hooker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Osburn on March 25, 2010
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There's not much else to be said regarding the newest masterpiece from one of the most gifted singer/songwriters of this era. As has been stated by a previous reviewer, Ray redeemed himself from being a honky-tonk casualty a long time ago, releasing one critically acclaimed recording after another for the last couple of decades. On this newest offering, he is in full control of the outcome from writing to producing to releasing it on his own label and it is nothing short of brilliant. Favorite tracks: the title cut, "Whoop and Hollar", "Drunken Poet's Dream" and "Pots and Pans", although there's not a bad cut on the album. Do yourself a favor and buy this disc - and then go see him performing live. He is a master at storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Spencer on February 27, 2010
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This is the first review i have ever written and I've been around for a while. Like everybody else, most albums have some songs I really like, some that are ok and some I skip no matter how many times I listen to it. However, this album is good from the first to the last track. Granted Hubbard may be an acquired taste but you just need to be in the right attitude the first time you listen and I think you will agree that this is really good music. Just don't try to listen to this the first time and try to do something else at the same time.

Maybe music should be judged against what it tries to be and I think that makes this a great album. Then again maybe its just me.
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