Saturday, November 12, 2011

J Tillman "Singing Ax" (2010)

There's a certain austere beauty in this record.  It's so simple -- just Tillman & his guitar.  Given that the playing is more functional that ornamental, & that his voice is the same, so much comes to rest on the songs themselves.  Unfortunately, they fail to connect.  At times narrative, at times hinting at the mythical, they ultimately seem empty. 

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