Album Review: Quietly Blowing It by Hiss Golden Messenger
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
The Line of Best Fit - 90 Based on rating 9/10
While his music is far from reggae - more of a feel-good, cosmic kind of Americana - it's certainly imbued with the same narcotic, all-consuming sense of oneness with some kind of force larger than ourselves. Taylor's is a spiritual music, a reflective and contemplative music. It's also ideally suited for this post-lockdown haze we've all been stumbling into this summer.
The crickets come in early on Quietly Blowing It, between the second and third songs. As the rustic, two-step rhythm of "The Great Mystifier" winds down, the guitars are replaced by the quiet burble of insects, a lonesome nighttime ambience interrupted by a lurch into the stumbling, country-funk dirge "Mighty Dollar." It's an odd bit of sequencing: a solitary sound bridging two songs that are the opposite of solitary. It's also a familiar bit of sequencing: M.C.