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  • Summary: Rafter Roberts produced the latest album for the Raymond Raposa-led band.
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  1. 80
    This fifth album is an abstract fuzz of Floydian oddness and gothic not-quite-country. [Nov 2009, p.102]
  2. There’s a certain kind of magic going on here and it needs to be accounted for.
  3. Texas Rose, The Thaw and The Beasts is the closest Raposa has come to a straight country record. But he doesn't come that close, as all these players steer him further out on tangents rather than towards the middle. And the record is all the better for it.
  4. Plaintive, spare, and narrative in approach, these songs--which seem to bookend the album--are among Raposa’s most affecting.
  5. Overall, Texas Rose, the Thaw, and the Beasts is a good mood record, a midnight opus that sounds great while it's playing but doesn't much travel with the listener beyond its runtime.
  6. Texas Rose is markedly similar in this regard and consequently another chapter in Raposa’s development as an artist that is beginning to seem more a journey that is less for us, and more for him.
  7. If "City Of Refuge" unfolded like a Calexico album produced by Jim O'Rourke, Texas Rose, with its bold re-imaging of the old-time country idiom, has more in common with "Van Lear Rose."

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  1. Ben
    Feb 1, 2010
    I'd written off Castanets a few albums back, but randomly gave this a listen. And I'm SO glad that I did. It's an excellent bunch of songs, and one of the most underrated albums of 2009. Expand