Meadow - Richard Buckner
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter reunites with producer J.D. Foster for his eighth album, which also finds him backed by former members of Guided By Voices.
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  1. Buckner’s interest here is in a wallowing mouthful of atmosphere—dominant drums, throbbing guitar, and a fair amount of piano. This has always been the case, but the compositions are seamlessly edited and cleanly brought from instrument to recording.
  2. 80
    It's a maddening inversion of all the conventions of songwriting, but a brilliant one nonetheless. [Dec 2006, p.102]
  3. Increasingly abstract or not, Richard Buckner’s a great songwriter.
  4. Meadow picks up where his 2004 Merge bow Dents and Shells left off.
  5. 70
    Buckner's singular pipes and surrealistic lyrics tug the songs toward the esoteric, but the band pulls them back. [Oct 2006, p.95]
  6. Meadow may amount to less than the sum of its parts, but those parts are often pretty great. [Sep 2006, p.78]

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  1. marnold
    Dec 12, 2006
    9
    best since Bloomed.
  2. DPLSounds
    Oct 4, 2006
    8
    Still utterly unque, Buckner has successfully made the transistion from alt-country pioneer to indie-rock experimenter. Thought Doug GIllard's familiar guitar often overshadows the somber poetry of Bukner's lyrics and delivery, the two seem to work very well together. The Bruse-Hornsbyesque piano lines on a few songs make sections of the album feel a little poppy, but Buckner's density and husk is still present all over this thing. Expand