Saturday, September 24, 2016

Robbie Basho - Visions of the Country

I'm not sure why I never sought out Robbie Basho's music. Maybe I thought I had to pick sides in the American Primitive tradition? (I went with John and Leo.) My loss. This album is incredible in its emotional and technical range - I had no idea he was a piano player, but "Orphan's Lament" followed by "Leaf in the Wind" might be my favorite section of the album! His voice justifies that overused adjective, haunting, reminding me often of Antony. And of course the guitar playing throughout is superb. A fine introduction for me, I look forward to exploring his catalog!

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