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Post Tropical

James Vincent McMorrow - 2014

James has a gorgeous voice. It’s a soft, whispery, falsetto that brings to mind all types of good comparisons. Throughout Post Tropical I hear pieces of Jeff Buckley (“Post Tropical”), Bon Iver (“Gold”), and even Al Green. This is all coming from an Irish singer-songwriter that I admittedly knew very little about before picking up this album. I’m sure I heard his 2011 album, “Early In The Morning”, but now that I’ve gone back to it I can see why I might have passed it by. That album has a more typical singer-songwriter vibe to it. While you can hear the talent there, it doesn’t strike the ear as anything overly original. Post Tropical, on the other hand, grabs you from the first few seconds with James’s first few whispers, “Speak until the dust settles in the same specific place”. I immediately had to find out who this guy was and hear this album. His lyrical style is very poetic. “I remember how cloth hung / flexing with the forest clung / half waist and high raised arms / kicking at the slightest form” The production ranges from sparse on “All Points", to blasting horns “Gold”. This is an album with a definite vibe. It lures you in and takes hold. I’ve listened to it probably five times in the last two weeks and it continues to impress. As of this post on 1/25 I’m going to give it 3 1/2 stars, but I can see it growing to a 4 star album later in the year.

Posted by Tambe



Posted: 01/25/2014

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Tambe ranks this as the
#9 favorite album of 2014