Fred J. Eaglesmith - 2004 - Dusty

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Artist: Release: Dusty
MusicBrainz: c6541539-2dd4-42cf-8c49-196e710bea83
Released: 2004-11-23
Label: A Major Label
Country: US


01. Dusty (04:43)
02. Tunnel (03:44)
03. I 75 (04:46)
04. Ship (04:35)
05. Rainbow (03:52)
06. Whichita (07:11)
07. Crowds (05:21)
08. Hey, Baby (03:11)
09. Codeine (05:03)
10. Carne del Toro (03:28)

It may be hard to imagine Fred Eaglesmith as anything but the grassroots troubadour heΓÇÖs come to be revered as. But Dusty (a reunion with producer Scott Merritt who helmed EaglesmithΓÇÖs breakthrough mid-ΓÇÖ90s albums), immediately proves to be a radical departure, and a thoroughly welcome one. ItΓÇÖs not that EaglesmithΓÇÖs songwriting style is altered at all; the material is still anchored by his dead-on portrayals of small-town isolation and the desperate behaviour that stems from it. WhatΓÇÖs changed is that Eaglesmith seems to have given Merritt free reign with instrumentation and arrangements, and itΓÇÖs telling that Merritt receives equal billing on the cover. While waves of keyboards, strings and subtle sampling will probably turn off much of EaglesmithΓÇÖs die-hard following used to hearing him with his rough-edged live band, what is most impressive about Dusty is EaglesmithΓÇÖs willingness to put aside the relative safety of that sound for one that aims for classic Memphis blue-eyed soul. It doesnΓÇÖt exactly achieve this goal. Instead the album could be the equivalent of Bruce SpringsteenΓÇÖs Nebraska if it had been recorded with ProTools. The title track and "I-75ΓÇ¥ most evoke this stark impression, but others, like "Rainbow,ΓÇ¥ resemble lost Lambchop experiments. In general though, Dusty sounds and feels like it didnΓÇÖt achieve EaglesmithΓÇÖs original intention. But in the process, he and Merritt created something entirely different, and like a newborn colt, beautiful in its own awkward way.		
Fred J. Eaglesmith - 2004 - Dusty/01 - Dusty.flac 26.419 MB
Fred J. Eaglesmith - 2004 - Dusty/02 - Tunnel.flac 23.569 MB
Fred J. Eaglesmith - 2004 - Dusty/03 - I 75.flac 28.543 MB
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