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  • Summary: The Americana collective founded and led by fronted by Robert Fisher returns with a fifth LP. Co-founder/guitarist Paul Austin is no longer a full-time band member, but he appears on some tracks, as do Kristin Hersh, Chris Eckmen (The Walkabouts) and a variety of other guests.

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Soft Hand
Flowers on the table Have all gone south Clutter that surrounds us Leaves me with a dry mouth All I need is a soft hand To ease me in All I need is... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Uncut
    In ditching the band ethic, they've tapped into the finest folk gothic traditions of death, suffering, misery and hardship and fashioned a paradoxically uplifting, transformative record of extraordinary power. [Album of the Month, Jul 2003, p.110]
  2. This album should solidify them among Americana's best.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    As always, it's historically rooted music fired by present-tense passion. [20 Feb 2004, p.67]
  4. Like an ambitious version of the Scud Mountain Boys, they manage to appear out of nowhere in your living room, play an intimate set, and invoke every ghost from a 20-mile radius through your front door before leaving as quickly as they came.
  5. While the group treads similar musical and thematic ground to [Nick] Cave, the results are nowhere near as ominous.
  6. Embracing lonesome gothic-folk traditions, slight blues and country, this stark release is all about misery, hardship and stuff you'd rather not think about.
  7. Rarely has a genre sounded so tried and tired, so forced, formulaic and reliant on its own mythology as country music is made to sound on Regard the End.

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