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  • Summary: The Memphis-born singer-songwriter is backed by The Earlies on this debut disc.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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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's meditations on sorrow, regreat and hope are wrapped in textures upon textures of multi-instrumental feeling. [#9]
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    The album... is one of such remarkable beauty. [Oct 2004, p.96]
  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. It's possible that 13 songs are too much for the sort of vision that Hinson is chasing, but it's a fine heartfelt effort that rewards as richly as it disappoints.

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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.