Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See Image
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  • Summary: The always interesting Florida-based singer-songwriter's third album was co-produced by Joe Henry, with appearances from Aimee Mann, Chocolate Genius, M. Ward, Bil Frisell and The Sadies.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Terms like "alt.country" are far too prosaic to contain music which might equally be called post-bebop, spook-folk or ghoulish horror soundtrack.
  2. There's also the fact that you won't hear another record like it this year, possibly ever-- all the comparisons that can be made to Tom Waits, Lambchop, Grandaddy and Vic Chesnutt will only tell a small part of the story.
  3. 80
    With its smoothing of rough edges, it's likely this record will split opinion, but there's much to admire for those--like its creator--willing to burrow. [May 2004, p.107]
  4. With the handicap of not having entered a studio until his forties, White still creates work that maintains a deft wisdom even in its worst choices.
  5. A retreat from overt tale-telling makes these songs less immediate and localized but potentially more personal, both for Jim and his listeners, as he strips away the surreality and specificity and renders his murky ruminations more universally resonant.
  6. A diverse and creative offering.
  7. He's never that far from plunging towards obviousness. [Jun 2004, p.108]

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