Dents And Shells - Richard Buckner
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the indie-folk singer-songwriter was recorded in Texas and Arizona with a cast of up to eight backing musicians.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. Dents and Shells matches the intensity and concision of Impasse, while adding an organic, spontaneous feel to the proceedings.
  2. Dents and Shells is human in the best and truest kind of way: it is the work of a man, appreciative of feeling and progress, warts and all.
  3. Dents and Shells is Buckner in top form, using a broad brush to manifest his enigmatic poetics, hallucinatory atmospheres, and melodies that appear and evaporate like breath exhaled onto cold glass.
  4. Adding to the pages written by Elliott Smith and Lou Reed, Buckner is the modern age wrapped up in the frustrations and sympathies of a wanderer.
  5. 75
    The songs remain the same: clear-eyed musings on breakups-as-existential-crises. [Dec 2004, p.124]
  6. 70
    [Dents] is, by Buckner's standards, gentle. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  7. 60
    Picks up where 2002's Impasse left off, with Buckner at large in a dusty, wide-screen landscape of brushed guitars, weeping pedal steel and decorous strings. [Dec 2004, p.114]

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. rachelo
    Feb 4, 2005
    Simple rolling melodies humm with a hungry discomfort. Insults and invitations, humbly passive spite, an aggressivly condesending contribution to the very walls he laments about. A beautiful bad dream that is slow to wake. Collapse
  2. JSmoke
    Oct 18, 2004
    This cd is an amazing work....subtle flourishes of steel guitar and piano, percussive sweeps, amazing lyrics, and of course, that voice. One of the year's best. Expand
  3. JasonP
    Oct 18, 2004
    Fantastic. As consistant and all-consuming as Devotion + Doubt. The man continues to evolve as a songwriter, yet plays his strengths with a winning hand. Expand
  4. Nick
    Oct 30, 2004
    Another solid release from RB - a grower - I found Impasse more immediate, but there are a couple of real gems here.
  5. BenjaminBunny
    Nov 24, 2004
    Richard Buckner will probably never make another album as moving as "Devotion + Doubt," but he'll continue to make records that sort of come close. Place this one somewhere just below "Impasse" and just above "Since" in terms of overall quality. Expand