John Murry

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What's it called?: 
The Graceless Age.
What does it sound like?: 
Murry has a honey-smooth, wise, soulful voice with the intensity of Bruce Springsteen and the gravitas of Mark Lanegan. This is a brave and deeply personal album that exposes the blood & guts of Murry's life; the drug addiction, the arrests, the dysfunctional relationships, the near-death experiences, even his mother's thoughts on his birth. One can feel the pain staked as each note builds on another to become a melody. The music drags the listener at a relentless, stately pace through Murry's psyche, spiced with a touch of fuzz guitar here and a country flavour there. Murry rages, he grieves, he dreams, he laments. This album is both ugly and beautiful. It is an engrossing hymn to human frailty and our ability to survive. John Murry is thirty-four years of age.
What does it all *mean*?: 
Sometimes, an album comes along that tells you everything you need to know. Murry is brutal in his honesty. There is no need to read his back story. This album pulls us to the edge of life, so we don't have to live there ourselves.
Goes well with …: 
Hugging your children close. But don't let them listen. It could give them nightmares.
Might suit people who like …: 
This makes up a life-enriching trilogy with Bill Fay's Life Is People & Matthew E White's Big Inner, both of which are equally even-paced if more spiritual. However its real soul-mate, lyrically at least, is Mark Lanegan Band's Blues Funeral.

Comments

I've just discovered SteveT posted a Nights In on this album last August. It must have been re-released because it has only just come to my attention.

Heartfelt apologies to you, Steve. I feel so ashamed and embarrassed.

Really puts his heart and soul into it

Tiggerlion. In fact I reviewed this last year I think on the old site and strangely your comparisons chime with mine as I think Bill Fay's Life is People and this album were my two favourites of last year. The thing that has really irritated me though is the fact it has been reissued with a bonus disc. The bastards!!

The bonus disc is well worth it, though. There's only one alternate version and five different songs, recorded in 2007, all of which could sit very easily on the main album. He's also touring. I suspect the repackaging and re-release is to help promote his tour.

Why would i be angry? It's good that someone else has posted a review especially if it means he gets a few more sales. I think the record label changed, hence the reissue.

barely concealed seething*
Note - this may be on the wrong thread

if you like this & Bill Fay, how about Matthew E White? Have you heard it?

Yes I have it. It didnt strike me in the way I hoped and expected it would. Havent played it for a couple of m,onths, must give it a spin again.

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Also love Matt White. I had trouble finding Murry on vinyl which thankfully is not usually a problem with new releases these days. Managed to track it down eventually its on its way and I cant wait.
Found it on www.anydecentmusic.com if anyone is interested. A great site that is responsible for so many recent discoveries and resulted in some great gigs also.

Listening to it is like lying in a bed of feathers, whilst someone whispers beautiful songs in your ear.

I think both Murry & White are adventurous in their choice of song to cover (Bobby Whitlock's Thorn Tree In The Garden that closed Layla & The Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow respectively). It must be tricky choosing a cover. It has to be a song you like but it can't be so good hat it eclipses your own writing. In both cases, they provide a contrast to the rest of the album, yet they fit in perfectly. Both are nicely judged.