In the Shape of a Storm

Album Review of In the Shape of a Storm by Damien Jurado.

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In the Shape of a Storm

Damien Jurado

In the Shape of a Storm by Damien Jurado

Release Date: Apr 12, 2019
Record label: Mama Bird Recording Co.
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk

77 Music Critic Score
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In the Shape of a Storm - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

A bit of an outlier at the time of its arrival over 20 years into his career, In the Shape of a Storm marks a few firsts for singer/songwriter Damien Jurado. For one, it's his first album to be recorded following a move to Los Angeles after four-and-a-half decades in his hometown of Seattle. The result of a two-hour recording session using only Jurado's voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional additional guitar by Josh Gordon, it's his sparest album and quickest turnaround yet.

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The Line of Best Fit - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10
75

It's an apt description of the idea behind this stripped-down album. 100% solo and acoustic, and recorded in a few hours in Jurado's LA garage, it's hard to think of a more resolutely unadorned record this side of Bob Dylan 's bleak folk-blues lamentation World Gone Wrong or Hiss Golden Messenger 's hushed and spooked Bad Debt. Jurado's recent trio of albums - the loose, sprawling Maraqopa trilogy - thrived on meaty grooves, psychedelic ornamentation and songs that managed to hit some pretty intense levels of poignancy despite seemingly inhabiting mythical lands drawn from the furthest reaches of imagination.

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Pitchfork - 74
Based on rating 7.4/10
74

For his 14th studio album, veteran singer-songwriter Damien Jurado strips away the roaring drums and vintage production of his recent works for a softly lit, spare stage of intimate acoustic guitar and voice. His lyrics alternate between dark and light, forming sharp contrasts and soft grey areas. On this spartan stage, he paints a world where love is both thrilling and unrequited, where friendships thrive and fade, and literal and metaphorical storms rattle foundations.

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