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"the purest voice to come down the pike in ages." ? Time Out NY"Songs of poetry, harmony and sweetness and the honeyed, craggy voice of the classic American country singer... Paisley's perspective is that of the Canadian outsider, seeing America anew whilst being fully immersed in its history and myths. Like The Band he re-presents American music history without the trappings of fashion and, like the Young of After The Goldrush uses his outsider status to ruminate on America's fate" - Mojo
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Check out post haste the lovely duet "Dont make me wait" with Leslie Feist which harks back to simpler times and we may have found the new Neil Young and Joni Mitchell for the Twitter generation who nail this beautiful love lament. "What I saw" shows that Paisley has listened very carefully to "Harvest Moon" but in a respectful as opposed to copyist mode. It rolls alongs wonderfully and is a great soundtrack for sitting back and doing nothing at all. "End of the day" settles into this groove and has a warm vocal by Paisley which is supplemented by a trademark Garth Hudson organ solo. "Bluebird" adds more bite and evokes the great Will Oldham and the mood he captured on 2010 Cairo Gang collaboration. The wondrously melodic opener "No one but you" is more up tempo, while the long closer "Come here and love me" places him firmly in the ranks of great new emerging songwriters with a heartbreak love song that is probably the albums highlight.
Perhaps on times this album is a bit too comfortable and you sometimes long for a harder edge and some more grit. Paisley's purpose however is evoke a mood of quiet reflection and overall he succeeds well in his ruminations.
The last song on it, Come Here My Love, has to be one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Not only is the melody simple but affecting, so are the lyrics, the last line being 'so go to sleep my love, beside me'. I like about half of the songs, but the ones I love make up for the rest. I am just about to buy his other album and EP, as I feel I need to hear them - I suppose that shows how highly I regard what he does. If you like good strong unpretentious music, buy this album.
My favorite tracks are the opening one, "No One But You," "End of the Day," and the closing tune, "Come Here and Love Me." Other listeners will no doubt have different faves, and that wouldn't surprise me: there are no duds on this album at all! I'm looking forward to hearing the next Doug Paisley album, slated for early 2014. This guy is a singer-songwriter worth hearing.
Re Vinyl. Decent pressing, lays flat with minimal pops and noise. Better than the MP3s, but not by miles.