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Heralded as his ‘classic’ record, ‘Bloomed’ always seemed a little conventional compared to what came later for Buckner. His later records marry this rootsy singer-songwriter fayre with oddball song structures and brave (for the genre he works in) production touches especially on the John McEntire-assisted ‘Since’. But here he is in full on acoustic troubadour mode with dense, lonesome songs of whiskey and death that mostly recall Townes Van Zandt in their hushed twiligiht appeal.
The production is much smoother than I’m used to from Buckner with lots of steel guitar and string interjections, the album sounding like a sandpapered version of ‘Devotion and Doubt’, my favourite of the ‘straighter’ Buckner records. However, read the customer review below for why the record is vital and its probably only my oddball ears stopping me from truly connecting with it.
9/10 Andy young Customer review, 21st February 2014
Wow , great record , new talent in the classic dusty singer songwriter bag , this one is a real gem , kinda careworn in the style of say Townes van Zandt, with fine acoustic accompaniment throughout this intimate debut here are some often tragic songs full of pathos....the bath suicide song 22 gets me every time if only he held out a bit longer... but you gotta love the image of the red smokey water . Lloyd Maines in particular plays some really fine sympathetic guitar lines , like Firefly trails, these espers often reinforce the poetry in Richards lyrics throughout this wonderful record and also produces. When it was released I bought it and loved it, it was and still is sublime all Blue and undone my dear .
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