In the rush to embrace the latest next-big-things, it's artists like Damien Jurado who much too often get lost in the shuffle. Once upon a time, a singer/songwriter of Jurado's depth and grace would have been anointed "the new Dylan", but today he's lucky if his brand of darkly beautiful folk-pop gets noticed at all. Rehearsals for Departure, Jurado's second full-length effort for Sub Pop, deserves a much better fate. A gifted lyricist with a comparable knack for melody, his songs are simple but remarkably affecting, with an uncanny knack for unlocking the deeper meaning in the mundane details of everyday life. Highlights like the opening "Ohio" and "Letters and Drawings" are evocative portraits of urban malaise, while the rollicking "Honey Baby" sounds like nothing so much as a long-lost honky tonk classic.
Performance CreditsDamien Jurado Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Berlin Flute,Saxophone
Mike Musburger Drums
Ken Stringfellow Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Concertina,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Sarah Shannon Background Vocals
Erika Jacobs Cello
Aaron Mlasko Drums
Blake Wescott Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Vibes
Technical CreditsKen Stringfellow Producer,Engineer
Damien Jurado Composer
Aaron Warner Engineer
David Bazan Drawing
Blake Wescott Producer,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I got this as a promo CD for my work with one of bn's competitors. I put it away at first because I thought it was just some starving artist with no talent... a night later I gave it a listen, and then another... and after that I didn't stop listening to it, and I introduced 2 people to the CD who went out and bought it themselves..