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Always had a soft spot for Willy Vlautin and his Richmond Fontaine. Here some of them come again reconfigured into a new entity along with members of The Decemberists and the Minus5 for a slinky smoky album of drifty female-fronted alt country. I guess what we are talking is a more obviously country take on Mazzy Star with some Cowboy Junkies, Ricky Lee Jones and Lucinda Williams thrown in for good measure.
Singer Amy Boone has a soft syrupy voice with combines with the laid back, tasteful arrangements to good effect. Its all gently plucked acoustics, weeping steel guitars and gently brushed drums. Vlautin has long been a published author and as usual there are lots of evocative imagery about motel rooms and highways and the type of things that’s hard to get a handle on when you come from bleakest West Yorkshire. When this played in the office the other day I slumped dreamily into its arms, yet today listening on headphones I’m finding it harder to love, its all very pleasant but lacking the kind of edge the likes of Mazzy Star and Lambchop bring to such musings. Still, get it on late at night nursing a bourbon (cream) and it might just seduce you.
9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 18th October 2014
This is an incredibly soulful alt. country album that would appeal to fans of Whiskeytown’s “Stranger’s Almanac”. The Delines are a band led by Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine and novel writing fame.. “I Won’t Slip Up” is so good that it’s worth buying the album for. However, there is a consistency to this, “Oil Rigs At Night” being another brilliant example. In my opinion, suitable for listening to at anytime, day or night but maybe enhanced with dimmed lights and some booze.
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