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Friday, March 26, 2010

Daniel Johnston - Beam me Up Review (Album out TODAY!)

Daniel Johnston's latest, Beam me Up, is out today and features an 11 piece jazz band backing Johnston singing reworked versions of all his greatest hits. 

One hurdle that many a- would be Johnston fan fails to get over is the lo-fi nature of a large portion of his catalog.  Some of his greatest songs, which have been covered by innumerable bands, exist (as sung by Daniel) only as rough, scratchy tape recordings.  Perhaps asking the long call for him to rerecord some of his old material, Beam me Up is a greatest hits collection of sorts, with Johnston backed by an 11 piece jazz band!  Johnston's voice is as . . . well . . . its as Daniel Johnston-esque, as ever, but the higher production value supporting his ever-fragile lyrics and melodies will be lauded by many.  More importantly, the new sounds and textures of the backing jazz band offer new depths  to familiar tunes

You should go buy it.

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