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.
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