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Where It Hits You

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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. Midway through it my wife left me. Just walked out the door...into the arms of younger man. We have kids, you know? Lord, what a mess. I was...well, what's a word lower than devastated? I was sub-devastated. Many of the songs on this record I wrote for her. So what do you do? I had to finish it, but singing those songs, hearing those words over and over, it was quite a trial.''

As is often the case with cathartic upheaval, sometimes tribulation forces buried treasure to the surface. This holds true with Where It Hits You, as rich and diverse a record as Jim has ever produced. From the brooding dreamlike opener, ''Chase The Dark Away,'' to the wild eyed stomp of ''Here We Go,'' to the Beefheartesque ''Infinite Mind,'' to the Harvest-era Neil Young ringer ''My Brother's Keeper,'' Where It Hits You finds Jim in full musical stride, effortlessly blending genres and approaches in ways that sometimes boggle the mind. But as White's work has shown over the arc of his career, despite the experimental extremes he recklessly embraces, there's always a cohesive, singular identity that holds the divergent influences together.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chase the Dark Away
  2. Sunday's Refrain
  3. The Way of Alone
  4. State of Grace
  5. Infinite Mind
  6. What Rocks Will Never Know
  7. Here We Go
  8. My Brother's Keeper
  9. That Wintered Blue Sky
  10. Epilogue To a Marriage
  11. Why It's Cool


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B006DICVCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher Zephro on February 21, 2012
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This is without a doubt one of the most haunting and beautiful albums I have ever heard in my life. Like all of Jim albums, they are a ride of emotions both happy and sad. The theme of this album is about lost and healing, which makes a lot of sense when you hear it given that Jim changed record companies, ran out of money to finish the album, separated from his wife and started on the road back to happiness. All of those feeling are in this amazing album. It is really one of Jim White's best albums ever. In a world dominated by Lady Gaga, it's really nice to know that true musical art can still surface. A full five star for this incredible piece of work. Thank you Jim and keep going, you're the best.
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For those who have followed the career of Jim White, to describe it as a long strange trip would be a gross understatement.

"Where it hits you" is just the latest installment of one man's journey from growing up in Pensacola, Florida, the unofficial capital of the Pentecostal, Jesus and drug infested "Redneck Riviera", to broken relationships, fleeting happiness, and heartache.

Jim White is informed by all things Southern Gothic, including Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy. Coincidentally or not, his own life has turned out just as strange, or stranger, than the fictional tales of the Southern Gothic artists who inspire him.

"Where it hits you" came about while White, by his own account, was going through a separation, then divorce from his wife.

He's played many of the songs on "Where it hits you" live for several years, long before he went through his separation and divorce.

Many of the songs on the rocord have been previewed live for years, and the word which immediately comes to mind in listening to the songs on "Where it Hits you" is "prescience".

On the subject of artists and prescience, after David Bowie's record "Heathen" was released in 2002, one interviewer asked him whether at least a couple of songs were written as a response to 9/11. Bowie replied that the songs in question had been chosen or written long before 9/11. Jung disciple that Mr. Bowie is, he suggested that sometimes people, and artists in particular, can be true vessels of things to come, whether in his/her personal life or on a broader scale. David Byrne has commented many times that his lyrics sometimes don't make any sense to him after he's first written them, yet then take on meaning, sometimes years in hindsight.
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Jim White's 2012 alt-country album, "Where It Hits You", is perfectly wonderful. The instrumentation and backing vocals are varied and carefully blended and his singing is sweet, natural and good-natured. Listening to this intelligent and imaginative music is like having a beautiful dream.
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