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Buckner's eighth full-length soars and swells around his signature trifecta of enigmatic poetics, swirling melodies, and that voice - a soothing drawl that's somehow road weary and buoyant all at once. The melodies are fleshed out by an all-star band: Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde), Kevin March (GBV, Those Bastard Souls, Dambuilders), J.D. Foster, and Steven Goulding (Mekons, Graham Parker, Waco Brothers). Fresh and evocative, poignant and real, it documents "the modern age wrapped up in the frustrations and sympathies of a wanderer" - Austin Chronicle.

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If such categories mean anything in regard to Richard Buckner, Meadow sounds more like indie rock (or occasionally classic rock) than alt-country. While Buckner's smoky vocals and elliptical lyrics continue to convey as much through sound as sense, here he reunites with producer/bassist J.D. Foster (who helmed Buckner's standout Devotion + Doubt) for a song cycle that has more powerful and propulsive arrangements than is often the case with the artist. Teaming with Foster in the rhythm section is Steven Goulding (from the Mekons and Graham Parker's Rumour), while Guided by Voices alumni Doug Gillard and Kevin March provide the front-line firepower. The melodic lilt and guitar shimmer of "Canyon" and the brooding balladry of "Numbered" (all song titles but the last are inscrutably one word) highlight a set without a throwaway track. As with Son Volt's equally terse Jay Farrar, Buckner's laconic diffidence conveys yearning, conviction, and considerable expressive subtlety. --Don McLeese

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000H8RV2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Krnc on May 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
i must have been living under a rock or something because i never heard this guy before i saw him play live with my friends the six parts seven at the beachland taverne. that show totally blew me away and that night my life changed forever. it's hard to explain that, but everyone who was there that day should understand what i mean, i'm sure everyone felt it...with that said, this record paints a small corner of a picture of what happened that night in cleveland. it's not the same backing band but it is CLOSE to what i heard that night, and to me, that is worth it. every once in a while i think i've heard it all, and then someone like richard buckner finds his way into my brain and then all i can do is sit back and shake my head, because it just opens up so many more things...get this and i'm sure you will agree. definately one of the most gifted humans of all time. why aren't musicians like this getting more recognition?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. on March 19, 2007
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I agree with one reviewer, Richard Buckner's music requires careful over and over listening. The first time you hear this album, it all seems to run together in your head, with little standout. As you grip deeper though, the melodies start to ring in your head, at the same time, you are listening to the intense lyrics that seem poetic at times. This album is possibly his best ever, and I have all of them. Its just a work of beauty.

It is a little more upbeat than Dents and Shells, and more flavorful as well. But the sparseness continues....and thats a good thing. Its not Indie persay, but not alt-country either. Its somewhere in-between these genres. Most of all, its just really good folk rock.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura J. Walker on January 16, 2007
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Transistor International, below, may have a point, in the case of experienced Buckner fans; but i am new to him, and as an introduction, Meadow has completely blown me over. Out of ten tracks, at least five are songs i cannot believe i lived without just a week ago. I love the mood of the entire album, and it has not left my 3-disc player since i got it. I ordered Devotion and Doubt a few days after getting Meadow; and find it similar, but not quite as powerfully magnetic as Meadow. So while maybe any introduction to Richard Buckner might impress more than exposure to further material (that thrill of discovery of fresh talent), i am willing to say that Meadow could easily be the highlight of an astounding songwriting/performing career.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James E. Smith on January 17, 2007
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The thing i like most about listening to richard buckner is that the way the songs are composed and sung. Like interesting art...the more often you return to it the more you see/understand/hear. I like the way the words aren't first and foremost. Yet ultiimately THEY are richard buckner....It's the perfect blend of music and lyrics...poetry in motion if you must. I am still settling in with this one....and enjoying it greatly. I like getting something out the music i listen to... and know that i can listen to richard buckners music and constantly find/hear little wonderful morsels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Fischer on May 17, 2009
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Not only have I listened to this cd on repeat for hours while writing, I've returned to it again and again since I originally bought it. Normally I wouldn't bother writing a review, but my ire was ignited when I saw references to Buckner having hit a plateau in his music: this simply is not true. Amazing is the album that stays relevant, fresh, and worthy years after its acquisition.
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This is a superb album from a musician whose profile has declined as his talent and level of accomplishment has grown. In a sensible world, songs like "Town," "Lucky," and "Window" would be heard on the radio everywhere. In our bizarro world, Buckner fights to maintain a small niche and is unknown to most.

I've known of Buckner since his early days back in the mid-Nineties when he was part of the new alt.country movement and was signed by MCA. But I was not a fan back then, failing to find his dark introspection compelling. His song "22," included on the Bloodshot Records compilation Hell-Bent: Insurgent Country, Vol. 2, for instance, is a chilling tragedy.

I find MEADOW and Buckner's more recent OUR BLOOD (2011) and SURROUNDED (2013) to be absolutely stunning. These are short albums jam-packed with great songs -- melodies, hooks, arrangements, and oblique, evocative lyrics. Buckner consistently conveys complex moods that I suspect most of us experience, but they are so evanescent that they never fully register. What is common to most is dissatisfaction and yearning, a perfect expression of the Buddhist concept of dukkha (dissatisfaction). This is basic to the human condition, and recognizing that it is impossible to eliminate (without eliminating thirst/craving -- tanha) is the beginning of peace and wisdom.

MEADOW, unlike the two more recent albums, features an excellent band: Rob Burger, J.D. Foster, Doug Gillard, Stephen Goulding (drummer for the Mekons), and Kevin March.

Don't miss the older, better Richard Buckner -- success in the capitalist market does not correlate with artistic quality!
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