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Poor Moon [Import]

Hiss Golden Messenger Audio CD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Country indeed! May 23 2012
By pork turtle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Call Poor Moon by Hiss Golden Messenger what you want, but in short- this is a winner. From what little I know of this band, it essentially consists of songwriter M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. I picked this album up on a whim upon hearing consistent raves about it. What's great about listening to this is I really don't know what to call this music. Is it country? Is it folk? Is it pop? Is it jazz? (I also heard a teensy bit of punk too). For my purposes, I like what David Bowie calls it: 'mystical country'.

Great lyrics and excellent song-crafting is prevalent throughout. The first two tracks, "Blue Country Mystic" and "Call Him Daylight" grabbed me from the get-go. I constantly go back to these two songs. The saxophone accompaniment on the former got me hooked, while the thumping beat and 'Mike Campbell'-esque guitar soloing on the latter did the same.
Other standouts to me include: "Drummer Down", "Jesus Shot Me in the Head", and "O Little Light". The instrumental "Pittsboro Farewell (Two Monarchs)" is a nice little ditty as well.

And yes, I dare say I also hear a little Morphine and Dire Straits on this album also. I apologize for the slightly choppy review, but I'm not used to listening to an animal like this one. Poor Moon caught me off guard. Try pegging this one! You can't! In short, if you like good songwriting to go all along with good music, dig in!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MC Taylor Returns In Fine Form Dec 11 2012
By Good Joog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
MC Taylor, the man behind HGM, was previously perhaps best known for his work in Court & Spark, the late 90s through mid-2000s band that grafted elements of the independent rock of those years with the Americana you hear in HMG. Hiss Golden Messenger's Poor Moon, the third proper album of the project, is the most approachable, most pop of the trio. Now, the other two albums, Bad Debt and the Country Hai East Cotton discs are great. Really good. But, if you haven't heard those yet, you might want to start here. Some of the, slower and more gothic sensibilities that dominated tracks or section on previous albums are mostly replaced with subtler techniques punctuated by more direct swells of a catchy phrase or two. Outside of those, tracks like "Drummer Down" and "Blue Country Mystic" are some of the most unique, brain-wormful, and warming tracks of recent years. At least for this guy.

HGM is a project (not really a band) that has discovered a new alchemy all its own. Try it out. Their bandcamp site should give you all the previews you need. Then go buy the album, go see a show if you can. That way Taylor will make more.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album Jan. 12 2013
By Mary J. Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this album. I had never heard of this guy but saw a good review.

Great to listen but also non-intrusive and relaxing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sneaky great. Actually not all that sneaky. June 25 2012
By Chris MacCormick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd read an enthusiastic review of this album when it was an online-only event. I am not an online-only guy; besides, the band sounded sonically so strong, I didn't want to have an over-compressed version. I love this album, and have listened to it more than any other recently. I don't know why they or he or however one should refer to Hiss Golden Messenger is so little known: they are so affecting, I can only assume that they really, really value their privacy.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good songs sunk by rudimentary percussion Aug. 3 2012
By Niall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this, but I came away disappointed. I saw a youtube clip recently of this artist and was very impressed. I purchased this CD but can't get into as much as I'd like. The songs are okay and the performance is good, but there is not a lot of variety in the tempo. But beyond that is the frustrating, rudimentary drum playing--basic drum fills in all the expected places. I have never played the drums but I could on this release. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four. After a while I feel like I'm listening to a metronome. It's distracting. Too bad, cuz this is pretty good stuff and the lyrics are worth hearing.

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