7/10 Evan Customer review, 1st December 2013
I'm looking forward to see Lonnie Holley play in London on Thursday, he's also playing Manchester on Wednesday on part of his first European tour. I am really looking forward to see how the hell he manages to produce the sound of this sweeping, topsy-turvy album live. Some videos of him online show him during the recording process and it seems to be so free, improvised and random that I am just excited to see the setup of the gig, let alone the performance. The vast array of instruments on the album weren't enough for Lonnie it seems as he combines the sound of clinking keys on saucepans or just something else that he happens to find after having hit the record button. That isn't to say that the album sounds stupid or too jumbled. Lonnie's vocals really keep it together. They have an otherworldly, prophet richness that he blasts across the cacophony of sound to create something which is prayer like. The second track on the album has this feel as it loosely rumbles along with Lonnie's booming voice and a clamorous glockenspiel. It's a long track, as are most on the album, but this one is perhaps a little too long and begins to sound a little like it's running out of ideas by the end. A good, soulful track however. 'From the Other Side of the Pulpit' has more direction with some beautiful musical arrangement from some of the members of Black Lips and Deerhunter who appear as guest musicians. It's passionate, engaging and just has some great moments instrumentally and spirals out of control by the end. A great track. The opener is a blissful, slow-burner which is left to just flow over you. A beautiful track. The album can sometimes seem a little repetitive in it's formula of an established beat and instrumentation which drives through the track, voiced over by Lonnie in his really fab voice, but there is more than enough here to want to go back to it time and again and to have it rolling away on the turntable as you scroll through some e-mails with a mug of tea.
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