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Baptist Generals : Jackleg Devotional To The Heart

Denton, Texas’ Baptist Generals took a decade to record the follow-up to their 2003 debut No Silver/ No Gold, but after one listen you can understand – and forgive – the delay. Jackleg Devotional To The Heart is something pretty special indeed, a fact songwriter Chris Flemmons clearly realised when he scrapped the album’s original takes back in 2005 for sounding too much like “any other indie-rock type band”; inspired by Archie Shepp, Ethiopiques jazz and Broadway composer Meredith Wilson, Flemmons set about making an unassuming musical masterpiece whose ambitious scope – orchestral flourishes, weird instrumentation, experimental arrangements – and surrealist, romantic imagery (“pitiful glassy hearts reduced to shards“) invite comparisons with American alt-rock classics like Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Out now on Sub Pop, it really is a wondrous thing, but don’t just take my word for it; stream the whole album, in all its glory, below.


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

One response to “Baptist Generals : Jackleg Devotional To The Heart

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