Where Shall You Take Me?

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Arriving just a year after the surprisingly eclectic and electric rock of I Break Chairs, Damien Jurado's Where Shall You Take Me? is something of a return -- but not a retreat -- to the moody minimalism of albums like Ghost of David. Songs like "Amateur Night" and "Omaha" share the acoustic strumming and rustic, shuffling rhythms of his earlier work, but also have a subtly polished confidence that brings out the warmth in Jurado's singing and playing as never before. The country and folk elements always present in his music come to the fore on "Abilene" and "Window," which, with its sweet, close harmonies, borrows equally from the traditions of bluegrass and hymns. A ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Arriving just a year after the surprisingly eclectic and electric rock of I Break Chairs, Damien Jurado's Where Shall You Take Me? is something of a return -- but not a retreat -- to the moody minimalism of albums like Ghost of David. Songs like "Amateur Night" and "Omaha" share the acoustic strumming and rustic, shuffling rhythms of his earlier work, but also have a subtly polished confidence that brings out the warmth in Jurado's singing and playing as never before. The country and folk elements always present in his music come to the fore on "Abilene" and "Window," which, with its sweet, close harmonies, borrows equally from the traditions of bluegrass and hymns. A devotional thread runs through Where Shall You Take Me?, particularly on its second half, where "I Can't Get Over You" and "Tether" contrast love's complexities with deceptively simple melodies and arrangements. Overall, the album is less challenging than I Break Chairs, although "Texas to Ohio" recalls that work's Springsteen-influenced rock sound and the spooky, drum machine-driven "Intoxicated Hands" is a beautifully brooding ballad that rivals Jurado's darkest moments. While Where Shall You Take Me? might be less ambitious than its predecessor, it certainly has its own compelling charms; the album has an off the cuff, direct feel that suggests it was recorded with a few friends over the course of an afternoon, particularly on songs like "Matinee." More importantly, Jurado's singing and songwriting are affecting in virtually any setting and on any scope. Where Shall You Take Me? is a small triumph, but a triumph nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605008424
  • Catalog Number: 84
  • Sales rank: 66,118

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amateur Night (3:12)
  2. 2 Omaha (3:18)
  3. 3 Abilene (2:26)
  4. 4 Texas to Ohio (2:56)
  5. 5 Window (2:21)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Over You (3:11)
  7. 7 Intoxicated Hands (4:35)
  8. 8 Tether (2:34)
  9. 9 Matinee (2:58)
  10. 10 Bad Dreams (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Damien Jurado Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Eric Fisher Guitar, Keyboards, Sampling
David Bazan Bass Guitar
Johnathon Ford Bass Guitar
Seth Warren Violin
John Golden Bass Guitar
Rosie Thomas Vocals
Casey Foubert Piano
Andy Myers Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Eric Fisher Producer, Engineer
Martin Feveyear Mastering
Andy Myers Artwork
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