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JEFF CROSBY—POSTCARD FROM MAGDALENA (At The Helm Records)

 

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Americana singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby (Idaho-raised) is a powerful and intelligent act. Able to tug at one’s heart and ease into one’s thinking at a heartbeat. Lyrically hooky “Best $25 I Ever Spent” comes rushing through the gates like an animal fleeing, an attacker looking for big game. Crosby was in Taganga, Magdalena Columbia when he wrote the song, and with its warm spacious feel epitomizes the location.

 

With the likes of a more than just handy, “Everything Will Change” and the less energised, but arguably a great deal more powerful and substantial lyrically. This as he speaks of his living hell on “Full Moon On Sunset”, and ticks all the boxes while doing so. The busy, world-traveled musician reflects on life in neither a distinctively happy or sombre fashion.

 

Like with another fine, erstwhile singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky he plunders the vaults for material on small-town America (he grew up in one) and with a rich timbre to his voice he nails “Sunrise Over Iceland” (for Lois). Plus you have “Cold Summer”, and with likewise a progressive, probing feel as he flies higher than an eagle, “Beautiful And Strange”. This as he offers a hunger to move on, while on slowing the tempo to a pace where every nuance and lyric is left bare and counts “Hearts Too Heavy” is a true marvel. Warmed in harmony vocals, piano his studious tones carve a niche in one’s heart.

 

“What Stories, What Light” is a steel and acoustic guitar country styled affair; with its loping gait it lends a variation to the album. Nice it is too. Another to break forth, even more so is the free flowing “Everything Will Change” (another that showcases the richness and depth to his vocal delivery, and where the music hails) as he cleverly juggles the tempo and direction of the material content.   

 

As for closing track, “Hotel Bibles” underlines the saying of how sometimes the best is kept till last. Crosby is guilty as charged. The song is brilliant! Worthy of the admission fee in itself. Steeped in angst and earthy tones here is a song people would be advised to check-out in terms of covering, and at the same time realise they would need to be super-human to equal never mind upgrade the original

 

                                                            Maurice Hope 

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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