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Langhorne Slim is one of those artists who, live, is a captivating performer. To capture this on disc is a difficult task, and though on first listen I felt this was potently true, my stance has since softened. He is good on disc too! Whether as good as live, I would need to deliberate more on Lost At Long Last, Vol 1 (his sixth full-length release) as folk, some of a contemporary edge mixed with hints of pop and old time music sees Slim cast a wide, and ever intriguing net. Amidst it all, Nashville-based Slim offers more than just traces of the authentic 1960s folk singer-songwriter troubadour in his work. Beautiful it is too.


From the simple melodies and picking of the opening track “Life Is Confusing” etc to the mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals (female) warmed “Old Things” to jaunty as the first glance of spring, ragtime slanted “House Of My Soul (You Light The Rooms)”, and an off-kilter “Ocean City” (for may, Jack & brother Jon) Slim lights up the mind, and warms the soul of the listener. In a rather unique fashion he does it too. Recorded in around six month; in locations as diverse as New Orleans, Los Angeles and the Catskill, NY Slim, as he toured, mainly solo from the sound of things he dipped deep into his subconscious for the material. Three of which are co-writes with his friend, and one of Slim’s co-producers on the record, Kenny Siegal. Band member, Malachi DeLorenzo likewise shares the load, and from the point of the sound they nail it perfectly.  


One of my favourite tracks is the all too short “Bluebird”, mixed with old timey traits it burns it up. A great dance tune if ever there was. “Funny Feeling” is a co-write with Junior Kimbrough, and it is dedicated to him and Ted Hawkins (and is no more than okay). Finer and hugely interesting is “Zombie”, a fascinating affair if introduces sounds of 1960s pop as it bursts forth. Bit of a show stopper live with a band no doubt, since there is a bunch of harmonies and swirling accompaniment (pedal steel guitar etc). It comes prior to him reverting to a more intimate sound on “Lost this Time”, this as he speaks of how he can’t be the man he wants to be (nice guitar, harmony vocals and organ). Rounding off the album, Slim comes up with a spare, simple sounding ode “Better Man”. This as he reflects on life and of wanting to be a better man, and told by his mother to simply do the best you can!    

                                                                                                       Maurice Hope 

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