Israel Nash Gripka Barn Doors And Concrete Floors(2011)[FLAC]

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[color=Orange]Barn Doors and Concrete Floors(2011)[/color]
 1 Fool's Gold -Gripka 4:01 
 2 Drown -Gripka 4:19 
 3 Sunset, Regret -Gripka 4:23 
 4 Goodbye Ghost -Gripka 5:33 
 5 Four Winds -Gripka 3:43 
 6 Louisiana -Gripka 4:27 
 7 Baltimore -Gripka 5:18 
 8 Red Dress -Gripka 4:05 
 9 Black and Blue -Gripka 3:25 
 10 Bellwether Ballad -Gripka 4:22 
 11 Antebellum -Gripka 4:29 
It easy to compare Israel Nash Gripka to Bruce Springsteen, but it is also apt. He has perhaps a dash or Jakob Dylan and a bit of Ryan Adams in the mix as well, but all of those roads lead back to Springsteen. In the case of Gripka, this is not a bad thing. He borrows not only the roughshod vocals and the mellow rock, but also the perfectly layered music and the sharp-eyed songwriting chops. They also share a passion for slightly off kilter songs about the struggle of being working class. Though he was born in England, Gripka's first album was titled New York Town. Barn Doors and Concrete Floors takes the show South and West. Wild, howling, lush with stories of lives teetering on the edge and falling and part, Barn Doors and Concrete Floors may well be the Americana album of the year.
The album opens with ΓΓé¼┼ôFools Gold,ΓΓé¼┬¥ a song about false hope and the devastating effect it can have on a life. ΓΓé¼┼ôBuilding bridges ain't the hardest part, he explains in his world-weary voice, ΓΓé¼┼ôIts trying to swim once they fall apart.ΓΓé¼┬¥ ΓΓé¼┼ôDrownΓΓé¼┬¥ manages to capture the best and bleakest moments Springsteen's ΓΓé¼┼ôThe River,ΓΓé¼┬¥ ΓΓé¼┼ôAtlantic CityΓΓé¼┬¥ and ΓΓé¼┼ôDancing in the Dark.ΓΓé¼┬¥ ΓΓé¼┼ôDrownΓΓé¼┬¥ manages to pack childhood poverty, the death of a mother, an ill fated strike and a murder into four minutes and nineteen seconds without ever being maudlin or falling into cliches. ΓΓé¼┼ôWe care more for the ones we've lost than for the ones that we have now,ΓΓé¼┬¥ he muses quietly on ΓΓé¼┼ôSunset, Regret.ΓΓé¼┬¥ ΓΓé¼┼ôGoodbye GhostΓΓé¼┬¥ opens with a snarling electric guitar, which are soon joined by the backwoods melancholy of a fiddle, banjo and mandolin. The effect is fittingly haunting as he wails his way through this song about the brokenness of lost love. ΓΓé¼┼ôFour WindsΓΓé¼┬¥ is a mush more simple ballad, a straight forward rocker with a few delicious country flourishes. ΓΓé¼┼ôLouisianaΓΓé¼┬¥ comes across almost like the untold side of Springsteen's ΓΓé¼┼ôHungry Heart,ΓΓé¼┬¥ the story of a man caught up and tossed down by a woman. ΓΓé¼┼ôTwo years later he got a call she served her time and now was free, she was rambling about the sweet water blues but had a bone to pick with me,ΓΓé¼┬¥ he sings in epilogue. ΓΓé¼┼ôI'll sober up the preacher, Lord, I think he's stoned,ΓΓé¼┬¥ he moans on Baltimore. This gospel-lite tune both criticizes the hipocracy of and embraces the hop found in religion, or at least the sort of religion desperately sought after by lonely denizens in cheap motels. The best track on the album, by a very narrow margin, is the sweeping and gorgeous ΓΓé¼┼ôRed Dress.ΓΓé¼┬¥ It is one of those urgent, love at first sight ballads set over a heady mix of blues rock guitar and harmonica and string back country fiddle, mandolin and banjo. ΓΓé¼┼ôI ain't saying I didn't learn a thing or two, but learning will only get you so far, and you don't know nothing 'til you're black and blue,ΓΓé¼┬¥ Gripka jokes on the bluesy ΓΓé¼┼ôBlack and Blue.ΓΓé¼┬¥ Bellwether Ballad is a quiet and simple, country song with a seventies vibe that would not sound out of place on a radio station next to Kristofferson and Nelson. ΓΓé¼┼ôMy mother's praying that my soul He'll take, I hope it gets me through the night.ΓΓé¼┬¥ Israel Nash Gripka's voice soars up into a lovely falsetto, reminiscent of Ryan Adams' country work for the haunting and melancholy lyrics of the closing track ΓΓé¼┼ôAntebellum.ΓΓé¼┬¥
At its heart, the best Americana perfectly fuses country, folk rock and blues. It was at the heart of the genre, and the music that propelled the genre forward. Even before Americana, it was the music that made artists like Bruce Springsteen and Waylon Jennings so compellingΓΓé¼ΓÇ¥the ability to pull the from each genre the emotion it best covers and weave them together into a life story. Israel Nash Gripka is a true Americana artist, a surfer of genres who borrows what he needs from each and fuses them into a better, stronger whole. Barn Doors and Concrete Floors is an album of incredible stories, with impeccably built melodies that serve to enhance the tale. It is the perfect album to put on when you put the top down and drive the back roads to enjoy the encroaching summer.
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