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Morby, Kevin / This Is A Photograph
Album:This Is A Photograph Collection:General
Artist:Morby, Kevin Added:Jul 2022
Label:Dead Oceans 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2022-10-12 Pull Date:2022-12-14 
Week Ending:Dec 4Nov 27Nov 20Nov 13Nov 6Oct 30Oct 23Oct 16

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 03, 2022:Music Casserole
Stop Before I Cry
4.Nov 25, 2022:Hanigng In The Boneyard
It's Over
2.Dec 02, 2022:Hanging In The Boneyard
Bittersweet, TN
5.Nov 23, 2022:Hanging In The Boneyard
Stop Before I Cry
3.Dec 01, 2022:down in the basement
This Is A Photograph
6.Nov 18, 2022:Hanging In The Bone Yard

Album Review
Mr. Bones
Reviewed 2022-07-19 
Like Paul Simon's Graceland, Morby centers this disk around a pilgrimage to Memphis, TN. In it he expands his style to include the city's great soul, gospel and R&B roots into his folkish sound. In addition to 'soul city', he explores his family, his love (Waxahatchee) and his heroes (Jeff Buckley, Otis Redding...) in it. Sonically the disk is more expansive that his previous releases, including lush down tempo tracks with arrangements of strings, horns & harp in addition to his full bore rock band. Either way the production deftly accents his laconic Dylan-eque vocal styling.

FCC: #7, #9 (note: bad words have been removed from this disk)

RIYL: Kurt Vile, Jeff Buckley, Lou Reed

1 This Is A Photograph - hard driving guitar & sax in this exploration of his youth & family, builds to chaotic ending (fast, 3:52)*

2 A Random Act of Kindness - simple organ/vocal opening slowly builds to a deliciously beautiful swirling finale (med, 4:15)***

3 Bittersweet, TN - countryish duet with angelic Erin Rae backed by lovely slow picked banjo & fiddle (slow, 4:14)***

4 Disappearing - spooky guitar/harp opening & trippy overdubs with references to Jeff Buckley who drowned in Memphis (slow, 3:28)**

5 A Coat of Butterflies - homage to JB with ethereal opening including horns, harp & lovely chorus. (slow, 6:41)**

6 Rock Bottom - fun, full bore rocker with fast guitar opening (fast, 3:25)

7 Five Easy Pieces - Morby croning over sweet orchestration (med, 4:12) FCC: 1:32 on original

8 Stop Before I Cry - drop dead beautiful love song to beaux Katey, aka Waxahatchee, with divine harp, sax & flute (slow, 4:59)****

9 It's Over - sumptuous arrangement with horns, backing vocals & strings all dancing around each other (med, 5:22)** FCC 1:51 on original

10 Goodbye To Good Times - sweet slide on this homage to the soul greats (med, 5:15)

Track Listing
1.This Is A Photograph 
6.Rock Bottom
2.A Random Act of Kindness 
7.Five Easy Pieces
3.Bittersweet, TN 
8.Stop Before I Cry
9.It's Over
5.A Coat of Butterflies 
10.Goodbye To Good Times