Hymns to What Is Left

Hymns to What Is Left

by Greg Brown
     
 
For those uninitiated into the earthy, rootsy world of Grammy-nominated modern folkie Greg Brown and his deep, warbling (think Tom Waits but less gruff) voice, Hymns to What Is Left is a good primer on the way he blends heartfelt tenderness (the sweetly reflective, offbeat love songs "Now That I'm My Grandpa," "Brand New Angel," and

Overview

For those uninitiated into the earthy, rootsy world of Grammy-nominated modern folkie Greg Brown and his deep, warbling (think Tom Waits but less gruff) voice, Hymns to What Is Left is a good primer on the way he blends heartfelt tenderness (the sweetly reflective, offbeat love songs "Now That I'm My Grandpa," "Brand New Angel," and "I Could Just Cry") with playful and humorous romps (the joyous opening rambler "Arkansas" and a swampy, all-too self-aware "Fatboy Blues"). Though his voice veers from charmingly low to growling and mumbling -- his typical stylistic approach -- one of the most intriguing tunes, "Besham's Bokerie," uses an odd falsetto against a brooding ambience. Supposedly, the haunting piece came to Brown in a dream, so one can forgive the oddness -- but as the second track, it might throw listeners for a loop after they've warmed to his unique baritone on "Arkansas." This odd but somehow compelling (and even magical in spots) book of "Hymns" extends the singer's established relationship with longtime collaborator/producer Bo Ramsey, who works with everything from banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to button accordion to create the sparse down-home ambience behind Brown's unusual vocals.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0700261918952
catalogNumber:
5638007197

Tracks

  1. Arkansas  - Greg Brown
  2. Besham's Bokerie  - Greg Brown
  3. Bones Bones  - Greg Brown
  4. Brand New Angel  - Greg Brown
  5. Now That I'm My Grampa  - Greg Brown
  6. All of Those Things  - Greg Brown
  7. Fatboy Blues  - Greg Brown
  8. I Could Just Cry  - Greg Brown
  9. Hymns to What Is Left  - Greg Brown
  10. Good to You  - Greg Brown
  11. On the Levee  - Greg Brown
  12. Hanging Man  - Greg Brown
  13. End of the Party  - Greg Brown
  14. Earth Is a Woman  - Greg Brown

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