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Also, is anyone hardcore enough to detest the ever so slight commercial bent to Shepard's Dog?
And I loved The Shephard's Dog, one of my favourite albums of 2007. But all his stuff to date has been great
Looking forward to the 'rarities' album out in a month or two.
.. but still pretty good like. It just dipped below the outstanding quality of the previous records. The songs aren't quite as good and the arrangements/production was over cooked.
BUT there is a free download on their website right now with solo acoustic versions of 8 songs from Shepherds Dog. I strongly recommend you check it out if you found something a bit dodgy with Shepherd's Dog. The sound is much closer to Endless Numbered Days, these versions are much more to my taste than the album versions. Much more raw, BS-free. You can actually hear him playing the guitar and the singing sounds much closer to your ear.
I really don't like the direction on Shepherd's Dog, and it was even worse live. This is lovely, cheers.
All his previous releases have been good to amazing, Trapeze Swinger is one of my all-time favourite songs.
was Reserrection Fern being completely ruined by the drummer shaking one of those egg-shaker things throughout the song. Distracting? Yeah. I don't understand the decision making that leads to this - "we have a beautiful melody here, some nostalgia-tinged poignancy going on with the lyrics - but that egg-shaker is really gonna take the song to a new dimension"
not special so not worth listening to much
...then again I am a folk loving loser.
but it's got nothing on Our Endless Numbered Days, which is beautiful from start to finish. The last 3 songs in particular absolutely slay me.
I still need to hear the EPs - which one's Upward Over The Mountain on? That's an incredible song.
The Creek Drank the Cradle
Source it out live; the recording at Bonneroo is 10x better; the album recording is lo-fiiii...
The Creek Drank the Cradle and Our Endless Numbered Days...not heard much of the Shepherd's Dog.
There's also thi ssong he has called The Trapeze Swinger - not on any of the albums I don't think but it's amazing.
Love the Shepherds Dog too. I think it would have worked fine live if they didn't decide to rework every song they played into big jam-laden messes.
Our Endless Numbered Days is where it's at though. Just an achingly beautiful record.
from 'Dark Was the Night' compilation album is 1 minute-ish of class.
Hushed, delicate and beautiful. The Shepherds Dog, however, was pretty ropey. And I fully agree with the comments about his last live shows - he absolutely desecrated some of the stuff from the first 2 into jam band wig-out dross.