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Songs of Desperation

Those Poor BastardsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Those Poor Bastards play miserable and primitive old-time gothic country music. Lonesome Wyatt (guitar, vocals) and The Minister (banjo, bass, etc) are both legally certified holiness preachers. If you're looking for slick, overproduced, commercial songs, you'd better cover your delicate little ears. Those Poor Bastards play it raw and they play it mean. Be a pal and support ... Read more in Amazon's Those Poor Bastards Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GraveWax Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


Those Poor Bastards are the best Gothic Country I have heard yet to this day. --Hank Williams III

Even in a crisp digital format, the new Songs of Desperation sounds as if Harry Smith dug it out of some trunk in a long-abandoned Mississippi shack that was once shared by The Cramps, Nick Cave, and the Louvin Brothers. The miserable, primitive duo carries on as if the graveyard is but a step ahead, the devil a step behind, and there's hell to pay in every direction. --The Onion

Wyatt and the boys have dished up one hot serving of backwoods Gothicism for all you little ladies and gents. --Finding Datura Report

Product Description

Sounding like they were recorded in the 1930s on broken equipment in a desolate region of southern Mississippi, Those Poor Bastards evoke the kind of heart-wrenching feelings of misery and loneliness you'd hope to hear on an album called Songs of Desperation. Unrelentingly slow and scratchy, this true old-time Gothic country draws more influence from the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave than Johnny Cash. The inky concoction of organ, banjo, and guitar on Songs of Desperation is the background music for themes of sold souls, empty lives, and certain death, but the album is still not without an element of black humour. If you find rockabilly and psychobilly's treatment of the genre too cartoonish and trivial, Those Poor Bastards offers the polar opposite you've been looking for. Rue Morgue Magazine

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1930's death country April 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for a slick, overproduced recording then you're missing the whole point. These songs are meant to reclaim the true country roots of the 1930's style murder ballads and weepers. Just read the product review and you'll get a good sense of what this album sounds like. You need not be "duped" or "burned." Just listen to the clips. This isn't music meant for the radio or to make you feel good. It's true country that evokes an overwhelming sense of loneliness and misery.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonesome and the Minister are at it again September 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is an instant Hellbilly classic. Lonesome has no patience for BS and howls his damnation for the unbelievers of gothic country. Not since Johnny Cash has there been a country music personality with the magnetism to change the industry. Stand out tracks include "Hell So Near" "Shadows Fall" "Drunk with Fear" "My Last Dollar" and the somnambulistic masterpiece "Drown in the River." Lonesome evokes bleak faulknerian tragedies with a vicious sense of humor. I highly recommend Those Poor [..] to all discontented Nick Cave fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's it all about? May 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
You might as well ask and the answer is hidden inside your inner depths, depths you didn't even know that you had.

A friend of mine made me a copy of this CD and I listened to it for a laugh. Was it funny? Yes, in a twisted sort of way. Was it vacuous? Hell, No. It was profound all the way. Was it meaningless? Yes, as meaningless as life itself.

People ramble through their lives trying to give it a `meaning' by banishing sadness and accentuating happiness and in the process are alienated of most of their own lives.

It is all life, in its pain, desperation, sadness, joy, ugliness, beauty, darkness and light, embrace it and be grateful for it is all what you have.

If you want to get off the banal sunshine train, then listen to those poor [...] telling you how.

At any rate, I liked it enough to buy my own copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Country Music December 19, 2007
Format:MP3 Music
This CD is for everyone who really loves country music. Not pop country. Real county. Hank Williams country. I'm really glad to find there are young artist out there still making country music that bears its soul no matter how ugly it may be. Great artist. Great CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars songs of desperation January 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is exactly what it says. If you don't want to hear some good depressing songs of desperation, don't buy the album. Some songs, not quite as depressing, but they are all good.
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