Is And Always Was - Daniel Johnston
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  • Summary: Jason Falkner produced the latest album for the Texas-based artist.
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  1. Things bog down a bit toward the end with the droning “Tomorrow Never Knows” homage of “Lost In My Infinite Memory” and the plodding title track, but the album still is a quick, concise listen, and may actually serve--after nearly 30 years--as this American original’s most accessible yet.
  2. It's the extraordinary wealth of hooks that leave a lasting impression here: Is and Always Was is hugely fun and endlessly listenable.
  3. Is And Always Was is an energetic, accessible album, and while Johnston’s shaky, sluggishly lisped vocals haven’t changed, he uses them confidently.
  4. Revered outsider artist makes move on the mainstream.
  5. Johnston's first album in six years, Is and Always Was, is uniformaly listenable. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
  6. 60
    With songs of fake rock 'n' roll, magical dogs, lost minds and love, this is pop with wobbly wheels and new found joy and optimism. [Dec 2009, p. 95]
  7. Personally, I wouldn’t be that interested in going back to Is And Always Was (what’s in a title?) again. For devout followers, not new converts.

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