Initial Thoughts Album Review #5
Unpretentious album reviews that forgo the big words, analogies and obscure music-references to simply voice some initial thoughts and gut reactions.
J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
I was introduced to J. Tillman via the band he currently drums for, Fleet Foxes. I first got Minor Works (a gift from McGreggor) and from there went through and acquired his full back catalog. Minor Works was good - really good. However, he laid the pedal steel on a little thick for my tastes. The back catalog (I Will Return, Long May You Run, J. Tillman, and Cancer and Delirium) were great, but a bit lo-fi for my tastes.
His latest release, Vacilando Territory Blues, currently available digitally, improves on both of these complaints. The heavy pedal steel sound, and the recording quality is up to par with his likely expanded budget. So now I can enjoy Tillman's uber-mellow vocals, simple orchestrations, and believably heartfelt lyrics without any annoying distractions.
Standout tracks are Firstborn, James Blues, Barter Blues (my favorite) and Master's House. Highly recommended for anyone that likes Damien Jurado or the likes.