"Lateness Of Dancers", Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth album, has shed the light folk character of the earlier albums. Only occasionally country flair comes up, such as in the opener "Lucia" or in the title song. Instead, singer M. C. Taylor and his long-time partner Scott Hirsch rely on relaxed rock numbers, arranged with piano and acoustic guitar, occasionally presenting some electric guitar and, above all, refined again and again by organ solos. The two musicians from North Carolina also treat themselves to one or two instrumental passages in which they let off steam on shimmering guitars or bluesy organs. These are the icing on the cake of songs that would actually not have needed such songs. The songwriting talent of M.C. Taylor is enormous. Songs like the cheerful "Saturday's Song", "Day O Day", the co-walk number "I'm A Raven" and the blues rocker "Southern Grammar" prove this impressively. Also the melancholy does not come too briefly. It spreads in "Black Dog Wind" as well as in "Chapter & Verse".
Top track: Lateness Of Dancers