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I was really looking forward to this CD, as i am a huge fan of Buckner's. Every CD of his i have blows me away in a different way. However, i must say my expectations are a tiny bit disappointed now, because i haven't had that rush of apprehending something startlingly novel and appealing. Maybe i haven't listened to it enough... only about three times now, and still nothing jumps out at me. Because i love him, it is still pleasant to hear his voice; reassuring to note his words, knowing he is still him, and still has the same questions; and in general, his sound vibrating around my house or car feels right.
Still, i am a little bummed that i haven't gotten one rush of highness over an exquisitely surprising turn of phrase or melody. Not yet... oh, maybe one, where he hits that note on the end of the verse of the first song. The track's called "Traitor." Actually, listening to it right now, i must say it is a beautiful piece, and Richard does that lovely lilting thing with his voice. The rhythm sounds very much like the familiar backgrounds of "Impasse." If you have "The Hill" or the collaboration with Jon Langford, i think you will see more similarities to those three CDs than to his others. But then, Track 2, "Escape," begins almost exactly like "On Traveling" from the acoustic self-titled CD.
So, if you are new to Buckner, or if you love him so much you just want more of him, you will want this CD. But i can't agree with the first reviewer here who said it didn't sound like anything earlier.
Later note, November 2011: it has happened. Dare i say that getting high, and listening to this CD for about the tenth time, it struck me. This is beautiful! What is it about Buckner that is so hard to get to at first...Read more ›
OUR BLOOD is performed almost entirely by Buckner himself, including a prominent role for organ, which creates a distinctive timbre and mood. The great pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage plays on three tracks. Malcolm Burn is responsible for the mix, which may well be why it sounds so good...
I find the three most recent Buckner albums 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.
This is a superb album from a musician whose profile has declined as his talent and level of accomplishment has grown. In our bizarro world, Buckner fights to maintain a small niche and is unknown to most. Don't miss the older, better Richard Buckner -- success in the capitalist market does not correlate with artistic quality!
Make sure to seem Richard live, he's the best!
Buckner hails from California and has grown from a frayed alt country balladeer to a much more expansive artist who has a glittering fan club made up of major musicians but bugger all album sales. And so it goes says Kurt Vonnegut although it doesn't have to be such. Over some eight albums Buckner such as contemporaries like Jason Molina, Mark Eitzel and Mark Kozelek have been making music so far off the beaten track that the train no longer stops there. Who cares? The music is always to the highest standards and yet the world is a cruel place. On "Our Blood" we see a continuation of the themes in "Meadow" with a much more electrified approach and songs full of haunting melodies, latent hurt and dark emotions. None fit this bill more precisely than "Traitor" with its simple strummed guitar lines and pounding percussion over which Buckner warns " O, watch that temper now./Is it worth it, wasted?/How far will you get? Equally foreboding is "Witness" a bittersweet lament where the strummed electronic guitar chords dominate in a song, which sounds like the Cure transported to Lubbock Texas, minus a drummer.Read more ›
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Really a good album and a must have for fans. After a long layoff it's good to hear such fine music.Published on April 13, 2014 by T. Parker
I don't know what I find so appealing about Buckner. He doesn't have exceptional range in his voice (I can't say for sure he even stays on key), a lot of the songs sound the same,... Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by D. Ward