Ex-The Civil Wars man and current Single Lock Records boss John Paul White returns with The Hurting Kind. 2016's Beulah was written very much in the shadow of the public collapse of his previous band, as a sort of country rock version of that Bros documentary. For his own sake I hope The Hurting Kind represents a sort of moving on.
CD £8.49 SL028CD
CD on Single Lock Records.
Vinyl LP £15.49 SL027LP
LP on Single Lock Records.
7/10 Richard 25th April 2019
John Paul White's second post-Civil Wars solo LP is a fine example of the kind of Americana style stuff Loose records were putting out almost 20 years ago. Certain elements of the record remind me of artists like Adam Snyder, or Goldrush, with a gentle use of slide guitar and polished vocals, particularly on second track 'I Wish I Could Write You A Song.' Before that the album opens with a track called 'The Good Old Days' which takes a swipe at all those yearning for days gone by, which upon reflection were not so good after all, with inequality rife. It's a neat take down. At other times on tracks like 'Heart Like A Kite' I'm reminded of Rufus Wainwright. The LP overall is pretty damn catchy and improves with repeated listens, although is a little bit cloying and sickly sweet in parts for my liking. A decent effort.
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