Where It Hits You

Where It Hits You

by Jim White
     
 

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Jim White's music seems to come from a world all his own, a curious place where Flannery O'Connor and Big Star's Third hold sway as key cultural signposts, and with each album he adds a few more details on life in his Southern gothic universe. White's latest collection of missives from his version of the Deep South, 2012's Where It…  See more details below

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Jim White's music seems to come from a world all his own, a curious place where Flannery O'Connor and Big Star's Third hold sway as key cultural signposts, and with each album he adds a few more details on life in his Southern gothic universe. White's latest collection of missives from his version of the Deep South, 2012's Where It Hits You, is his first full-length project since leaving David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, but if you imagined that being without a successful patron would cause White's art to suffer, your fears were unfounded -- this album finds White in typically fine and eccentric form, spinning tales of oddball characters accompanied by music that's often beautiful but also spectral and curiously introverted, conjuring the sound of ghosts drifting through a lonely town at three in the morning. Considering that he also dabbles in filmmaking and visual art, it's no surprise that there's a welcome sophistication in White's music, but there's also a very real avoidance of self-conscious artifice and little that's pretentious; no matter how odd his tales may be, there's a genuine understanding of the idiosyncrasies and strange fates of his characters, and whether he's sharing the story of a morbidly obese sibling in "My Brother's Keeper" or lamenting a relationship that's gone to seed in "Epilogue to a Marriage," there's a welcome honesty and authority to this music that's affecting. However, as much as atmosphere plays a key role in Where It Hits You, sometimes White seems more interested in creating a shadowy mental picture of his universe than in crafting a melody, and the second half of Where It Hits You suffers from too much meandering and too little focus. But when White hits the target -- and he does so more often than he misses -- he's still a singular musical artist with a singular vision, and he's not even close to running out of stories on Where It Hits You. With any luck, we'll be receiving communiqués from Planet White for many years to come.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2012
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457225824
catalogNumber:
2258
Rank:
169897

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim White   Primary Artist,Flute,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
John Keane   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jeremy Wheatley   Vocals
Terri Binion   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kevin Hyde   Trombone
Mike Ferrio   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Caroline Herring   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mitch Corbin   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Will Johnson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Marlon Patton   Percussion,Electric Bass,Drums,Standup Bass
Rob McMaken   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Ruby Kendrick   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rachael Keane   Vocals
Paige Keane   Vocals
David Schweitzer   Vocals
Dan Nettles   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ash Raymond   Fiddle
Andrew Small   Cello,Bowed Bass,Standup Bass

Technical Credits

Jim White   Composer,Programming,Whistle

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