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On his sixth and most ambitious solo album, Darrell Scott takes a long, hard look at mortality and the general strain of contemporary life. A card-carrying member of Steve Earle's Dukes, a first-call Nashville studio hand, and a songwriter of growing repute, Scott makes The Invisible Man a signal event in his career by mating weighty subject matter to powerful musical support, as supplied by Richard Bennett, Dan Dugmore, John Cowan, Sam Bush, and other estimable sidekicks. The death of his friend Stuart Adamson, founder of the Scottish rock band Big Country, triggered the stirring "Shattered Cross," in which a rush of acoustic and percussive instruments evokes a lust for life, its urgency keyed by Scott's aggrieved, impassioned vocal. True to Scott's pedigree, many of the songs blur the line between country and rock -- the cynical "I'm Nobody" melds a country feel to an arrangement punctuated by twanging guitar fills, pounding percussion, and a soaring, Skynyrd-like lead electric line. One of the album's most compelling moments, the fatalistic existential anthem "Let's Call It a Life," features a gritty Scott vocal and exuberant, gospel-rooted backing voices shouting entreaties to Scott's lead. Forcefully strummed acoustic guitars quickly give way to ringing electric guitars and foreboding, minor-key thunder in "In My Final Hour," the album's closing number, in which Scott muses on his own departure from this mortal coil, rejecting quaint concepts such as forgiveness. His subsequent tears of joy suggest the duality rife at every turn in this stirring philosophical inquiry, which never fails to be musical in an unforgettable way.
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Performance CreditsDarrell Scott Primary Artist,Mandolin,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Richard Bennett Guitar
Kenny Malone Percussion,Drums
Suzy Ragsdale Vocals
Danny Thompson Upright Bass
Minton Sparks Vocals,Spoken Word
Technical CreditsVerlon Thompson Composer
Stuart Adamson Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
Jerry Boonstra Composer