Damien Jurado belongs to the illustrious group of American folk musicians who simply had bad luck with the timing. Just like his brother in spirit, Ron Sexsmith, he began his career in the early nineties, when no cock was yet crowing for introverted singer-songwriters. But he is too old for the new generation around Fleet Foxes and his friends. And so even "Maraqopa" will hardly be noticed, even if that would be a gross injustice. Of course you can accuse Jurado of having done something too soft and uniform on his previous albums. But his new work, recorded again with Richard Swift, is great art. Congenially situated between Fleet Foxes and The Band with a dash of Jackson Browne, Jurado, in a positive sense, sits between all the chairs and delivers an extremely varied album that offers surprises like a children's choir ("Life Away Fron The Garden") or the disappearance of his vocals amidst psychedelic sounds (the opener "Nothing Is The News"). And yet the most beautiful moments are the quiet folk songs. It's not too late to discover Damien Jurado.
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