Damien Jurado from the album In the Shape of a Storm available on Mama Bird Recording Co. (by Bryant Liggett)
Damien Jurado’s In the Shape Of a Storm is a stripped-down album of somber guitars and hushed vocals. With backing from just an acoustic guitar, Damien Jurado plays it straight in the songs, the tales arriving as either questions or confessional answers by way of a laid back and quiet, aching and honest delivery. In the Shape of a Storm presents every character, in every song, on the verge of taking a life-changing chance. Album opener, “Lincoln”, is a tale of an outsider laying it all out on the line, jilted and bummed-out, admitting repeatedly that ‘there is nothing left to hide’ and ‘heaven is full of people who belong’.
“Newspaper Gown” is heavy, a lonely and sad love song sung like the narrator carries a dense and worldly burden, while “South” puts our own problems in perspective with a tale of two men ‘both so insane and pushing our luck’ as they question if marriage or moving will be the heavier demise. Damien Jurado sings of life’s brutal realities on “Silver Ball,” expressing that in fact ‘time does not heal’ and ‘everything ends’ while “Anchors” echoes those realities in a love song where the backdrop reminds of a lost love in our own that lives that was never meant to be. There is a weight when the stories show themselves as personal, the tales are plucked out of a universal human reality. Damien Jurado’s drifters, broken lovers and people at the end of their rope become familiar, mirrors of ourselves as their ambiguous and easily relatable tales leave their fate adrift in to an open sea of imagination with In the Shape of a Storm. (by Bryant Liggett)
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