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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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