Rites Of Uncovering

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  • Summary: Frequent Will Oldham collaborator (and member of The Anomoanon) Dave Heumann offers the second album of rustic rock from his own project, Arbouretum.
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  1. 90
    You'd be right to uncover this one.
  2. Uncut
    This wonderful record already feels like a cult classic. [Feb 2007, p.88]
  3. Arbouretum's songs are visceral and elemental, a loose-feeling mix of blues, folk, tribal beats, stoner rock and jam-based influences that belies the solid songwriting and musicianship at its core.
  4. Over the course of the record, the resonance of the melodies gradually overrides the initially distracting phrasing, revealing a sometimes exquisite folk-rock album.
  5. These songs are gorgeous and the band knows how to milk the beauty for all it's worth.
  6. Its persistent gloominess makes it a challenge to get through, but it was never intended to be just a simple alt-country album.
  7. The songwriting isn’t bad, by any means... But Heumann’s big-picture lyrics—faith, truth, etc.—are as ceaselessly heavy-handed as his guitar work, giving the whole of Rites an overwrought feel, one that can border on comical depending on your mood.

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