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i got some songs off a blog a while ago. they were verr good. i want the album.
There are one or two tracks I think are slightly weaker, but I think that's just my personal preference rather than them actually being bad. I love him so much.
but my first impression was that his voice and the songs themselves were pretty great, but the arrangements weren't up to much.
maybe they'll grow on me, but musically it did seem pretty pedestrian and i'm not sure if the vocals and lyrics alone will be enough to make me stick around like i did with, say, Smog, who also has some shitty backing sometimes.
but to me, it's not really an issue, and certainly not anything I'd considered before you mentioned it. Having said that, there's some more interesting stuff on the album.
i tried listening to the whole album, but it's compressed so badly it gave me a headache after two songs. why on earth would you do that to an acoustic folk record?! WHY!?!?
no matter how lovely it could be, it physically hurts to actually LISTEN to the bloody thing. i doubt that's the effect they were trying to achieve. i just can't bear it. when the backing vocals come in i want to puke. if you put it into ableton or garageband or whatever i'm sure it'll just be a green block.