Submitted by tiggerlion on 21 May 2013 - 9:51pm
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.