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Stories Under Nails

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Stories Under Nails is Ben Weaver's 4th release and the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2002 release, Hollerin' at a Woodpecker, which was named #3 MOJO Americana album of 2003. Part folk, part alt country, part primal scream, Weaver howls what the rest of us sublimate. There's a dark side to his playful songs and light in his ugliness, and he straddles that fine line between being a true poet and somebody who bitches too much. Weaver is one of those rare talents whose audience will be a delicate combination of high-minded academics and mean drunks. If his music makes you cry, you were probably due a good cry and you probably deserve it. Every story comes from a place, has a voice, and like a sharp razor always leaves a scar.

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Ben Weaver's records are marketed as music, but they have more in common with the Southern Gothic novels of Larry Brown and Harry Crews. Though hailing from Minnesota, he mines the same territory of rural noir as those authors, with as much a literary sensibility as a musical one. Nails comes off more as a book of short stories set to music than a CD of songs. Though the opener, "Grieve All You Want," has a beautifully romantic chorus, the melody is perfunctory a best. Weaver abandons singing all together for "John Martin," a recitation with band accompaniment about a good deed going punished. The aforementioned accompaniment is stellar throughout, from the unidentifiable drone that haunts the opener to Jimmy Johnson's spooky and atmospheric pedal steel guitar. It is no surprise that authors like Brown and critics internationally praise his work: being wordsmiths they, like Weaver, are enamored of the wonderful images conjured up by his lines and aren't worried that the phrasing of such imagery doesn't always fit comfortably into the rhythm of the music. You may not find yourself singing along to Weaver's tunes, but they will haunt your dreams. --Michael Ross

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Product details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fugawee Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0002RK7W2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,729 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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