Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Record label: Full Time Hobby
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
A slow, rousing instrumental “The Temptation” kicks the album off, tempting the listener in with a slow crescendo, teasing notes and melodies towards the end of the four minute opener. It leads into “The Great Void” which is classically Hinson – a long and developed song which sets the scene of the family that the album follows. Throughout the record, we see the age-old themes of birth, marriage, children and death, but presented in an original and thought-provoking way.
Still only 36 years young, Micah P Hinson has survived addiction, homelessness, jail, heartbreak, a near fatal car accident and being “outed” by the online music press as a Reagan-nostalgic conservative. Hinson is a Texan Americana performer whose artwork has featured erotically photographed firearms, so perhaps his political leanings shouldn’t be too surprising. As Neil Young once sang “even Richard Nixon has got soul” and the most unforgiving, Manichean listener would have to concede that Micah P possesses enough soul to fill the deepest ravine. Two years in the making, this is Hinson’s most ambitious opus to date.
The story of a wartime family, Micah P Hinson’s self-described “modern folk opera” drifts with the mesmerising quality of an old-time train. The choir on The Years Tire on, the striking spoken-word interlude of Micah Book One, and the enriching strings that career throughout all help weave tales of life, love and loss with an engrossing, cinematic edge. The Texan’s mournful, lilting vocals temper the predominantly instrumental album, which, at an hour long, risks feeling indulgent.