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Jurado, Damien - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son

Jurado, Damien - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son

Format: LP

UPC: 656605029511

Release Date: 01/21/14

Condition: N

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Long-running indie singer/songwriter Damien Jurado branched out into even deeper sonic territory with his Richard Swift-produced 2012 album, Maraqopa. That album's production managed to be in a constant state of tense flux without ever becoming busy or overblown, winding subtle touches of psychedelia and haunted echo around the acoustic core of Jurado's songs. A few years later, the duo of Swift and Jurado return with the sublime and even further out Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, a twisting set of songs that hides intricate production techniques in Jurado's increasingly layered and complex compositions. The most remarkable element of the production is the heavy '70s dub influence that hides in the corners at first but eventually sprawls out over the course of the album. The treated vocals of "Jericho Road" flutter with distorted echoes as the song builds into what sounds like an update of a lost track from Jesus Christ Superstar, with a far more demented mix. This song spills into the epic "Silver Donna," also drenched in watery echo, groove-heavy hand percussion, and falsetto vocals from Jurado, reaching their crescendo with rippling call-and-response harmonies near the song's end. Somewhere between the most driven moments of early Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the lovely confusion of the Lee Perry-produced Congos albums, the song finds its uniquely cracked voice. Elsewhere on the album, lofty autoharps, psyched-out organ tones, and Swift's bright, often orchestral arrangements leave no space too empty or too exposed. Like a far more experimental take on the perfect pacing of Bon Iver's best work, songs like "Silver Katherine" meld Jurado's always beautiful songwriting with gorgeous accompaniment and just enough studio magic to keep things moving forward for the duration of the album. What could have been a somewhat sleepy album is taken into a place of curious introspection, heightened emotional dynamics, and mysterious religious undercurrents. This album continues the colorful and reaching work of the albums that preceded it, and if this pairing of Swift's deft production and Jurado's risk-taking songwriting continues, even greater things are on the horizon than these already gorgeous songs. ~ Fred Thomas 


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Yellow Racket assigns condition based on the Goldmine Standard for grading records.
New (N) (Not typically included in the Goldmine Standard)
New records are purchased directly from the label, distributor, or registered wholesaler. Records are still sealed. Jackets may have slight shelf wear, but media has never been played.
Mint (M)
Still sealed. Never played. No observable flaws.  Items have been purchased secondhand.
Near Mint (NM)
A Near Mint (NM) record will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback. The record should show no obvious signs of wear.
The cover (and any additional packaging) has no creases, folds, seam splits, cut-out holes, or other noticeable defects.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
A Very Good Plus (VG+) record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches.
The disc and LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be gently marred by spindle marks, paper scuffs, wrinkled corners, etc.
Very Good (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident, but will not overpower the music. Disc may have light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels, jackets, and inserts will have visible cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, cut-outs, slight splitting, etc. However, it will usually have less than a dozen minor flaws.
Good (G)
A record in Good condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear, or other defects will be present.
While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and "ticks" will almost certainly accompany the playback. 
Poor (P), Fair (F)
The record may be cracked, badly warped, or won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve may be water damaged, split, or heavily marred by wear and writing.
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