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Wrong-Eyed Jesus


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The title of Jim White's debut album, Wrong-Eyed Jesus! refers not to any of the 11 original songs but to the short story that takes up 14 of the CD booklet's 18 pages. It's actually a pretty good story, full of the religious imagery and Southern weirdness that make White sort of a beatnik Flannery O'Connor, and the outsider folk art that accompanies it seems appropriate. Being a good writer and a bohemian artist is not the same thing as being a musician, however, and the songs' out-of-tune mumbling, melodic minimalism, ramshackle arrangements, and gratuitous symbolism make White sound like Leonard Cohen at his worst. --Geoffrey Himes

1. Book Of Angels
2. Burn The River Dry
3. Still Waters
4. When Jesus Gets A Brand New Name
5. Sleepy-Town
6. A Perfect Day To Chase Tornados
7. Wordmule
8. Stabbed In The Heart
9. Angel-Land
10. Heaven Of My Heart
11. The Road That Leads To Heaven

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NCL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Titles never come easy to me, but this one did. Long before I recorded a single note I knew what I'd call it. That name, it was just in the air."

Singer songwriter Jim White has a habit of snatching meaning from thin air. His critically acclaimed debut album, The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus, tapped into the zeitgeist of what would soon blossom into ... Read more in Amazon's Jim White Store

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard "A Perfect Day to Chase Tornados" (on a CMJ comp) I just about fell out of my chair. Not only is the song musically wonderful, but its story and theme resonates with such truth and beauty--much like the man himself. I've been lucky enough to meet Jim a couple of times and he's just an incredible person and artist. Wrong-Eyed Jesus was my favorite album of 1997--I bought copies of it left and right (which would explain those high soundscan #s in Sacramento) and gave them to friends. White is a gifted storyteller--songs such as "Perfect Day to Chase Tornados" "Sleepy Town" and "The Road That Leads to Heaven" conjure dark, mysterious, beautiful images. That and any guy who can write a line like "I would wear wooly underwear in the sauna just to show you I love you" is a genius in my book. I hope to God his next record places Jim White on the musical radar screen. This is a talent that deserves to be heard. Not everybody's going to get it--but those who do are lucky indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PHILIP J ORD on January 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I just want to write something here as the editorial review on this site gives completely the wrong impression. It sounds to me like that reviewer didn't give the album enough chance, and that he judged it too hastily and perhaps snappily.
One-Eyed Jesus is certainly not for everybody, but I consider it to be a bona fide masterpiece that requires an awful lot of time and effort to fully appreciate. The sound of the album is a very layered one, and it's only with a great many repeated plays that it truly reveals itself; at that point the music and poetic lyrics really do start to hook you. There's a mysticism about the whole thing somehow, and once you begin to understand the album's transcendent nature (particularly evident towards the end of the album) it repeatedly produces a smile, and makes the heart leap!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I got introduced to the works of Jim White after reading a capasle review of "No Such Place" in Time Magazine and discovered "Wrong Eyed Jesus". The title actually refers to a bizarre encounter Mr. White had in his rural southern teen years and is quite harrowing. The song themselves are wonderful. They will not make much sense.at first. Jim White is an expert songwriter. Some of my favorites on this album include "The Book of Angels" which is probably a plea for a girl. "Still Waters" is oddly southern gothic in which there is a ghost in the matter of course and a beautiful chorus. "A Perfect Day to Chase Tornados" is a masterpiece. This album is very subtle and has lots of religious overtones. You can't classify Jim White until you listen to his music and I recommend that everyone should.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jim Whites debut album is ground breaking music...Starting with a 14 page story in the attached booklet about how he (jim white) shouted "wrong eyed Jesus" to the complete mixture of bluesey folk music with a twisted spiritual edge makes one drool over each tasty morsel that jim serves to the ears..the lyrics are catchy and you find yourself humming and singing the strange lyrics to the amazement of gaping onlooker..."I whisper beautiful secrets down the drain pipes at night" and other such fun, twisted, music..
In a age when all music is starting to sound the same. Jim white breaks new ground and this CD is a must have along with his second album
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By themissing on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea who Jim White was until I recently visited a friend, who had this album. I was really amazed by how strong most the songs were on the album. They have a slightly off-kilter feeling, kinda like much of Tom Waites(although I am in no way saying that the two are alike). The only reason that I'm not giving the album 5 stars is because some of the songs don't seem to work as well. Sleepytown is one particular standout. the song is in a constant upward swing from the silent almost whispering in the first few phrases to the down right orchestral and choral ending. Throughout the song, sounds are building on top of each other, but the great thing about this buildup is that it doesn't come only at the end of each chorus. The sounds seem to glide in at the most unexpected but most effective times. The other real standout is The Road That Leads To Heaven, for the same reasons. The song begins with an eerie cello and then becomes more melodic as the song goes on. All and all a great album to check out if southern religious imagery and folk lore wrapped in a somewhat off center point of view is what your looking for these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
On the radio I heard some guy singing about a preacher talking about tornados as he lay dying in the mud, and a blind girl who waited for a stranger to take her away. I missed the singer's name and had to do a keyword search to find the album (how many songs have the word "tornados" in their titles?) When the CD arrived, I was delighted to find the rest of it as good as "Tornados." Each of the songs tells a story. Each story is set against a background of Southern folk religion -- a kind of Old Testament mix of dour self-abnegation and wide-eyed awe in the face of the miraculous. There's a brooding sense that at any moment everything we know may be swept away by a sublime, almighty power. This is a dark, luminous album full of songs reminiscent of the best Southern writers (I, too, was reminded of Flannery O'Connor, but Jim's stories are even more ambiguous). It's not a perfect album, but it's pretty impressive. I hope we hear a lot more from Jim White.
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