Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Billy Talbot Band (feat. Ryan Holzer & The Jerdes with Liza Blue) - Dakota, album review

Fragile Feelings Show

Recorded, we are told, at a converted turn-of-the-century schoolhouse at his home in South Dakota during the blizzards of 2014, founding member of Crazy Horse Billy Talbot, and friends, have recorded a truly authentic slice of something simple and sweet here – you can imagine the apt tags that could be applied – and it never sounds less than genuinely felt as storytelling and performance.

Billy’s vocal is a slightly grizzled and fragile but often beautiful stillpoint throughout all of the tracks, an emotive highlight being Wild Honey where the slowness of the drum beat, banjo pluck, piano pulses, unbelievably plaintive fiddle and vulnerable vocal combine with the most gorgeous chorus to present nearly six minutes of bliss.

Other gentle gems in this vein are the Young-esque Touching – Talbot’s voice on the edge of breaking throughout; the fiddle/violin rich with communal renditions in the lovely When I Awake, and the sustained soothings of Feelings Show

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