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  • Summary: The Memphis-born singer-songwriter is backed by The Earlies on this debut disc.
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  1. Every so often an artist will release a debut record that has seemingly come from nowhere; you question where this person has been all your life, and how come it took so long for this to get out.
  2. An astonishing debut of cosmic country noir. [28 Aug 2004, p.57]
  3. Hinson sings with the heart-stopping world-weariness of a man at least twice his meagre 22 years, often with only the most delicate accompaniment.
  4. Hinson's meditations on sorrow, regreat and hope are wrapped in textures upon textures of multi-instrumental feeling. [#9]
  5. Musically, this debut is lovingly and exactingly orchestrated with an array of instruments-- not just the usual piano, cello, and drums, but also flute, organ, melodica, and horns-- that subtly shade the songs' emotions. Strangely, however, Hinson entertains few possibilities and seems to rely too heavily on his acoustic guitar to shape the tracks.
  6. If you were a bit let down by the last Bright Eyes album (as I was), this is a release that should get you excited again.
  7. Impressive despite its occasional lack of maturity.

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  1. JennyL
    Jun 15, 2005
    10
    Beautiful....
  2. suem
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    My daughter and i heard this playing in a store and bought it, we both love it, and intend to buy it for friends he deserves to be better known
  3. ClaireW
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    A striking debut, beautiful, unusual...just as impressive live
  4. DavidW
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Just brilliant.
  5. dawn
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    addictive album from a very personable guy,had to ration my listening to once a day so i didn't o.d
  6. LisaD
    Apr 22, 2005
    8
    Wow, one of the best of the year so far. Impressive debut.