Review:: Hezekiah Jones Hezekiah Says You're A-OK

A little while ago I nestled some kind words about the new Hezekiah Jones release amongst some info about Josh Ritter. While understated praise suits the unassuming style of lead singer Raphael Cutrufello's voice, the record has continued to grow on me and more praise is due.

The gentle strums of an acoustic, almost misleading you to believe the thoughts that crowd Raphael's days are happy, are sparse, forcing you concentrate on the vivid emotions and scenes painted on each song. Raphael balances the eccentric nature of Will Oldham with the lush melody of Sam Beam, without losing his own voice.

Unlike most folk compositions, this record doesn't try to force a song onto the listener. Instead of using lengthy solos or endless narratives, Raphael's songs are concise, almost to the point where I'd love to hear what happens when the band explores the songs they are playing.

From the sing-along misery of Albert Hash to the grainy feel of Just because it's quiet doesn't mean there's piece, this record explores the ground just outside the safe footing of the path. Sure it's a folk record, but the songs don't just blend together in to a 45-minute anthem. It's an enjoyable listen, start to finish and has enough changes and styles to grab your attention.

While Hezekiah says we are a-ok, the subtle glimpses we get to see of Raphael's inner thoughts make you wonder if he is. Either way, the music he is putting out gets a much better grade than OK.
MP3:: Nothing's Bound
MP3::Albert Hash

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