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Editorial Reviews

Saint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. It strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street where we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It's a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope.

1. Cloudy Shoes
2. Arkansas
3. Rachel & Cali
4. Throwing Your Voice
5. Wallingford
6. Pear
7. Kansas City
8. Harborview
9. Kalama
10. The Falling Snow
11. Beacon Hill
12. With Lightning In Your Hands

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B003E1QDLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album puts his brilliance on display once again.
J. England
Influences of traditional folk music, garage rock and short storytelling weave together to make some of his best work yet.
Hubert Lovehands
This song is nostalgic, whether it be for Jurado or the listener.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dance Hall Hips on June 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Damien Jurado's 'St. Bartlett': where do I begin? That raspy voice can do no wrong. The Northwest native is no less a part of the rain-drenched Seattle scene than microbrews, flannel, rockstar run-ins, and in-you-face organics. Jurado is also integral part of my adolescene; dark winters fueled aided with "It's Hard to Find a Friend, Something About Airplanes, and Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?.

Barlett's is such a notable album, both for Jurado's career and for the year thus-far. No, he may not be as much a household name as say the Fleet Foxes, or Death Cab for Cutie, but his music will break through that misty Cascade mountain wall.

"Arkansas" for starters finds itself somewhere in-between 'The River' era Springsteen and Spector-produced girl groups, with hammerdrop staccoto keys that can fill up any hungry heart.

"Rachel & Cali" is the standout track. So simple, but so engaging; It's a coming of age, self-consciensce tale told through the conversations of two friends, one who isn't afraid to admit "I just don't feel comfortable in crowds." This song is nostalgic, whether it be for Jurado or the listener. The awkward social moment is painfully universal, if not unavoidable. Whether you want to look at it metaphorically or literally, Jurado does more with words in three minutes than most bands will do all year.

Although Saint Bartlett echoes absolute talents of singer/songwriter past, the album still feels modern, and most importantly, still feels personal. This is a Damien Jurado album, through and through. No question. The ability to produce music under these guidelines, with genuine ingenuity, free of mimicry or gimmicks, is a rare feat. Bartlett encompasses Jurado for everything he's worth: his ability to write songs effectively and efficiently, compose melodies, evoke an emotional response, and staying inventive while still remaining in the confines of a Seattle songwriter profile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Northuis on June 26, 2010
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For decades critics have been searching for "The New Dylan", most recently it seems they have switched to finding "The New Springsteen", pushing bands such as The Hold Steady and The Gaslight Anthem. So behold, "The New Neil Young".
Seriously, I have been a huge devotee of Mr. Jurado since On My Way To Absence.
He is consistently a great songwriter-both lyrically and musically. His music is
usually dark, melancholy, sometimes bleak but there is something soothing about
the pervasive pathos in his music not unlike Leonard Cohen's or Bonnie Prince Billie's.
If you took the sound of Neil Young at his most darkly introspective and somehow melded it with the sound of Elliot Smith at his most tuneful you might come close to approximating Jurado's sound. This CD finds him building and expanding on his previous work-if this is not his best it stands with his best. Neil hasn't written songs with this directness and brilliance in ages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Lovehands on June 3, 2010
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Whatever the Damien Jurado sound is, it is brought to new heights here. Influences of traditional folk music, garage rock and short storytelling weave together to make some of his best work yet. This is a great album from one of America's greatest living songwriters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. England on September 29, 2013
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I absolutely adore this man's music. He is an Artist in every sense of the word. This album puts his brilliance on display once again.
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This is more direct effort again, but with some different production techniques for sure. A reverb and hazy vibe are kind of at odds with some of the music for me personally, although I do like some tracks and how of their own time they sound. I'm more a fan past records or even his newest, 'Brothers', though this is not bad by any means. I certainly would not start here if you are just getting into the artist. His other records are more consistent on the whole and generally more original for me at least.

I guess you could compare this to 'Absence' in that I feel some of it is a little bland. It doesn't quite have that timeless melodic quality of his best releases, but it does hit it out every now and then and is still fairly consistent. I think the songs are okay but there aren't too many I'd rank near the top of his canon.

It seems to me it was a transitional album to find the voice that was more assured with the next album. A couple of the later songs start to show great promise. I like Pear and others like Kansas City and Harborview. Really good songs that elevate the record. I also must commend the last song on the record which is one of his best. On the whole I cannot quite give it 4 stars though.
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