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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 2nd August 2015
Josh T. Pearson was the frontman of Texan psychedelic rock outfit Lift To Experience. “Last Of The Country Gentlemen” is his debut solo outing. Lyrically, the album explores a bad relationship he had. He has a mournful tone and a harrowing nature to his voice which shows his pain. Occasionally, he breaks into gentle melody, on opener “Thou Art Loosed” he sings, “I’m off to save the world” repeatedly with such conviction that you start to believe him. The juxtaposion of the horrowing and the melodic is hugely effective. He creates a dynamic sound with just voice and guitar, from gentle finger picking to arpeggios made from flicking down on the strings with his nails to create a rousing and dramatic sound. Each track, with the odd exception, is very long and Pearson pulls you into his world. His lyrics are confessional and unflinching. On “Woman When I’ve Raised Hell” he tells a story of his failed relationship. It seemingly broke down in part due to his drinking, it was he fault and he sounds like a right bastard – this is extreme catharsis, “Don’t make me rule this home with the back of my hand” and “Honestly, why won’t you just let me be, and just let me quietly drink myself to sleep” his lyrics paint a picture of desolation, the empty house where they once lived, “No pictures left hanging, just unpainted nails”. His regrets come out in “Honeymoon’s Great! Wish You Were Her” as he sings “Wish you were her” as though he’s down on his knees in the vocal booth. And on “Sorry With A Song” he sings how life has been “one clichéd country unfinished line after line after line” on the closing track “Drive Her Out” he is joined by a choir singing “Help me drive her out of my mind” as if he’s using the extra voices to exorcise the demons of his past. Don’t listen to this if you’re at a low ebb.
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