Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"there & then they're gone..."

since i was thinking about jim james, i might as well include one of my favorite songs off his latest side project, monsters of folk. he's in there behind connor oberst's front & centered vocal. the album works surprisingly well. i say "surprisingly" because there's a tendency for "super groups" albums to have a couple of excellent moments & the rest to be throwaway & filler a la the traveling wilbury's. i'm hoping they'll be able to make this a working project.


"Five years ago, when Jim James, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst and M. Ward first toured together, they were a study in contrasts as well as in camaraderie. Ward, hauntingly delivering his own blues and folk-based tunes, took a spare, intimate approach. My Morning Jacket vocalist and guitarist James, on the other hand, was already reaching for the rafters with his keening, echo-laden voice. Oberst — with his long-time producer, multi-instrumentalist and Bright Eyes mainstay Mogis — offered both candor and drama in songs that fell somewhere between confession and fever dream."

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