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Langhorne Slim And THe War Eagles
Langhorne Slim
Kemado Records
www.theswayback.com


You're probably going to love Langhorne Slim. I can't guarantee it, but his energy, passion, and supreme songwriting will most likely win you over. This self-titled album is Langhorne's second full-length record and it's an amazing mix between raw folk and bluegrass-rock. You could call it "newgrass". But, for all the raucous rockers like "Rebel Side Of Heaven" there's an equally beautiful singer/songwriter ballad like "Diamonds And Gold".

Langhorne and his War Eagles do an incredible job of building each song's intensity with booming standup bass, chugging locomotive snare, rowdy choruses, and at the top of it all (literally) is Langhorne's voice. His high tenor vocals seem to fit more snuggly on this record than on his previous albums.

The collection of songs on this disc seems to be Langhorne's best effort yet because it really captures his live shows, which absolutely roar with energy. But, at the same time, he manages to pull a Tom Waits and easily segue between unruly songs like "She's Gone" and more emotional pieces like "Colette".

There's also a great mix of violin, keys, horns, and piano peppered throughout. And the tie that binds it together is Langhorne's songwriting. How can you not appreciate lyrics like "I put on a happy face on Halloween, scare the shit out of the ghosts"?

Get this album because Langhorne Slim is the new sound of Americana.

-Jon Murray

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