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  • Summary: The Shins' Richard Swift returns to produce the sequel to Damien Jurado's 2012 album, Maraqopa.
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  • Record Label: Secretly Canadian
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jan 15, 2014
    90
    The singer's delivery is more pliant than it's ever been, moving from the hushed echo-chamber whispers of "Silver Malcolm" to the fuzzed-out shouts of "Jericho Road." But the real magic is in the melancholy appeal of his daydream, what he calls his "temporary Earth" in "Magic Number," and the persistent possibility of revelation that Jurado catalogues with grim bravado and wry hope.
  2. Magnet
    Feb 21, 2014
    90
    Despite the heavy sonic resemblance, this road map back lands Jurado and Swift someplace new, slightly more thematic and worlds more dramatic. [No. 106, p.60]
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    80
    Whilst mainstream success is unlikely, the cult appeal of Damien Jurado continues to cause those that do listen to sit up and take note.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    On this form, long may Damian Jurado stay lost. [Feb 2014, p.88]
  5. 70
    Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son bills itself as a concept album, a road movie with no end, but the songs are tight, the meaning incidental and any big ideas play second fiddle to bewitching tunes and delicate harmonies.
  6. Jan 24, 2014
    60
    Tracks like Silver Timothy and Silver Joy showcase what Jurado does best, crafting songs that despite being a bit gloomy are beautiful and heartfelt.
  7. 40
    It’s pleasant enough, but let down by Jurado’s unengaging vocals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 7, 2014
    10
    Never given Jurado extensive discography enough time. This album made me listen. Incredible production from Richard Swift elevates this fromNever given Jurado extensive discography enough time. This album made me listen. Incredible production from Richard Swift elevates this from your standard singer songwriter fare - its wild. Jurado's voice & songwriting of course brilliant too. Strange, beautiful sounds. Will be one of the records of the year. Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    8
    80/100

    This album is filled to the brim with energetic instrumentation and songwriting. Damien Jurado really shows his versatility with
    80/100

    This album is filled to the brim with energetic instrumentation and songwriting. Damien Jurado really shows his versatility with music in general with Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. My biggest complaint, however, is the production is quite hazy. Overuse of reverb really bogs the album down in places, especially on songs like Return to Maraqopa - otherwise a great song, but the fogginess of the production really brings it down a notch. If it was more minimalistic - not in instrumentation, but in production - this would have been a more enjoyable listen. Still, Jurado's songwriting abilities are hard to deny, and this is a very enjoyable record.
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