Merge reissue Richard Buckner’s grizzled blues-rock classic on vinyl LP and CD. Impasse is an album of sparse guitar music, with a dense lyricism and some lovely arrangements that deserve to be appreciated on this remastered 15th anniversary special edition, complete with additional rare material.
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9/10 Jack Customer review, 14th March 2018
When I heard that Richard Buckner had recorded this album at his home studio with no other musicians, save for his wife on drums, I braced myself for a painfully raw, minimalist piece of work. The most surprising aspect of the album is Buckner's reliance on synthesisers. The songwriter's wooly vocals pitted against symphonic keyboard swirls sounds like an odd move at first, but it's an almost wholly successful one. Though Impasse may not have had the budget of Buckner's major label offerings, it's his richest, most sonically varied recording.
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