Behind the Curtain
Ok yeah I know I've posted about this a few times, even recently. But it's been going through my head all week, and it (along with that Sarah Jarosz one) is an "album of the month" for me. And so I decided it deserved its own thread.
This is pretty serious music; not many tracks - except maybe Little Lion Man - really stand out as easy listening or popular radio type songs. But the album as a whole, that's a different story. There's a real arc to the album in this one, and some great - dare I say almost classical - complexity to it, in the music and the use of real dynamics. Terrific musical composition and instrumental arrangement and performance. Very nice vocals and vocal harmony. Good recording quality too, as there are some parts that have a very immersive feel even in this 2-channel recording, and vocals with great presence.
The lyrics... well, 80% of the time I haven't got a fuckin' clue what they're talking about. But in a way I like that with this album, because it makes the songs not "about" something because of the words alone, you have to really get into the music more to sense something going on, and it's a bit more abstract. This is a personal thing with me, I often feel that words simply distract from the music, but that's not the case in this one.
This is not a casual album. It's one of those where - as I did this evening - you need to set aside an hour free of distraction, get a glass of wine, and really give it some attention. It'll give back.