On My Way to Absence

On My Way to Absence

by Damien Jurado
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On My Way to Absence

On My Way to Absence continues on the similar delicate path that Jurado paved starting with Where Shall You Take Me?, with subtle differences. Jurado seems to broaden his palette with which to express this dark business of life on On My Way to Absence -- lush strings swirl underneath tracks like "White Center" and "Night Out for the Downer," while the use of minimal electronics, keyboards, and samples creeps up on tracks like "Big Decision" and "A Jealous Heart Is a Heavy Heart." All of this is sequenced next to the stripped-down and melancholy rock tracks that Jurado is known for, the dark confessional "Fuel" and the raw "I Am the Mountain" being the best examples. On My Way to Absence offers many new areas of musical exploration, suggesting a more mature arranger in Damien Jurado mingling with the wonderfully sad storyteller and vivid landscape painter that he is already known for on previous releases. ~ Francis Arres

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
Label: Secretly Canadian
UPC: 0656605008820
catalogNumber: 88
Rank: 226694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damien Jurado   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Fisher   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Sampling,E-bow
Eric Bachmann   Vocals
Seth Warren   Strings,Glockenspiel
John Golden   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Rosie Thomas   Vocals
Casey Foubert   Percussion,Piano
Andy Myers   Trumpet,Drums,Vocals
David Broecker   Bass,Guitar
Rose Johnson   Vocals
Joel Cuplin   Saxophone
Justin Wilmore   Double Bass
Josh Golden   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Fisher   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Damien Jurado   Composer

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On My Way to Absence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Style of music - Indie Singer Songwriter Upgraded Folk The Sixth full length studio album of Damien Jurado. On My Way To Absence I anticipate to be one of the border breaking albums as like Modest Mouse's Good News for People Who Love Bad New. Damien Jurado has had a history... time for him to make history. Some of his songs have been poping up on the WB series One Tree Hill. The album brings back some songs from Damiens catalogue of songs that have been performed. Such as Simple Hello which is from Damien's very first EP with Gathered in Song. White Center A nice song to start off the album. Damien Jurado on vocals and guitar, Eric Fisher on Guitar, Piano(oldie sounding), percussion, Josh Golden on Bass, Andy Myers on Drums, Trumpet, Vocals, Seth Warren on Strings, Glockenspiel, and Justin Wilmore on Double Bass. I'm actually suprised to see so many people involved with this song. From what I recognize Eric Fisher, Josh Golden, and Andy Myers were a part of Gathered in Song while I don't directly recognize Seth Warren and Justin Williams. 1/1 total 1/1 Lottery Superb Vocalization styling. As Rosie Thomas brings back her back up vocals for this project. Makes it even more intimate as previous Damien Jurado projects she has been on along with her solo song with Damien backing her up on the Ghost of David album. The lyrics are heart warming and sadistic at the same time. Playing on the sadistic song writers attempt at capturing the pain of others to the song writers glory. At least that's what I get out of it. 1/1 total 2/2 Big Decision Wow... so much with so little lyrics. I enjoy Damien because he can do this and do it well. The odd thing though is... even though it is the song with the least amount of lyrics... it's also the song with the most people working on it. 1/1 total 3/3 Lion Tamer I must admit I never really got this song. The intro is fun with what I assume Andy Myers saying "1, 2, 3, 4" then the music starts. The music is kinda mergy and mellowy. The lyrics are neat though I'm still at lost of understanding the chorus line "The gun in the drawer, the long distance call, a story to tell" It can mean something but I have yet to understand it. This is the kicker though... when I saw the music video I was also perturbed at first. I am not too much of an artsy fan but the video is definetly for the artistry soul. People that can envelope themselves in an atmosphere so magnificant that they have already imagined what this video has made. Video is available at Damiens website. .5/1 Total 3.5/4 Fuel This is exactly what I wanted to hear. A song with just Damien and his guitar. No snazzy atmospheric background just him his guitar and his captivating voice. Key verse in the song "They say I'm a story, but the legends all wrong, I was forced out of town, but kept in this song." This song gets full credit because it is intimate while it massages the fictional imagination of story telling. 1/1 Total 4.5/5 Sucker (listed is Simple Hello then Sucker on booklet... but the cd has Sucker as the sixth track) The musical portion of this song are not my favorite. This song keeps a steady feel over the whole song. Kind of like the long roller coasters end where it kinda goes up but then it goes back down just a little then it goes back up a little... that's how the song feels. That's why It's the least favorite on the album. 0/1 Total 4.5/6 Simple Hello (listed is Sucker and the song before was Simple Hello on the booklet... but the cd has Simple hello as the seventh track) This is the remake of an older song. By far this is my personal favorite song. 1/1 Total 5.5/7 I Am The Mountain The sound starts off with a feedback sound that leads this song to a kind of feel that Damien had during his senior project with Sub Pop (Damien Jurado and Gathered In Song album I Break Chairs). This has all the member