Old Canes
Early Morning Hymns


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
January 10th, 2011 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This may be exactly what you are looking for

Folk albums like Early Morning Hymns are the reason why it’s taking me a few years to get to a place where I can enjoy listening to Elliott Smith’s fragile, resilient, and time-extensive pop. It’s not that the albums are overly mainstream or even immediate. It’s that they’re in your face, Old Canes and they’re folk music equivalents, and the vocalists themselves, well, they’re outgoing and are surely loved by women everywhere: handsome, have strong voices, and have something that Elliott Smith didn't have much of, charisma. Old Canes's Christopher Crisci makes me want to go places with him.

That’s not to say something like Early Morning Hymns can’t slow down and get melancholy on us, though. Case in point: “Life Is Grand”, Appleseed Cast’s frontman Crisci’s pessimistic take on women and life, and the show-stopper, in a good way, “7th Fret Closer. But yet Old Canes keep that charisma carrying through even with these songs, the melodies infectious, Crisci singing as if right in front of you. And the instruments? Well, they're acoustic and minimally drummed, bells here and there even. It’s minimal-sounding, sure, yet it’s not at the same time as well. Old Canes surround you with a certain x-factor effect that makes you their audience, fully engulfing you with their sound.

Production values of the album in question aid this Old Canes-effect, as the voice is placed firmly behind the instruments, rather than drowning them out, which seems to be the modern thing to do these days. In a way, this even leads the comparing of the more uplifting knee-slappers like opener “Blue Eleanor” or “Face It” to a hoe-down-like soundtrack to be not so far off; Old Canes carry something traditional about them, authentic even, well, barn-gathering-event-like too. Though, this is nothing like country or blue grass, yet there is a sort of good-ol’-boys quality present on Early Morning Hymns, however.

Early Morning Hymns makes putting off Elliott Smith and the like worth it, if only when getting down to it, every song, or rather every hymn, is exceptional, no filler present. Either/Or may have a future spot in my collection as a grand 5.0, maybe, but for now I’d rather be in the company of Old Canes. They’ve got me good, in that barn-like-hoedown place where they’ve trapped me. Crisci’s voice and Old Canes' sound are like music to my ears, the good kind, the kind that makes good music worth pursuing, makes putting off even Elliott Smith well worth it.



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Ponton
Emeritus
January 10th 2011


5804 Comments


can stream whole thing if you want to. Rec this to evedder and he loved it, so i figured others would enjoy it too


http://www.myspace.com/oldcanes/music/albums/early-morning-hymns-13229422

alachlahol
January 10th 2011


7501 Comments


jammed this quite a few times the past week coincidentally you have written a review for it on the same week fucking crazy how this world turns

Romulus
January 10th 2011


8444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mike in turned rec'd this to me, gotta check it out. i'll read the review in a sec

Ponton
Emeritus
January 10th 2011


5804 Comments


rom, rudy, adam t. - album was made for you

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 10th 2011


10614 Comments


C'est cool. Awesome job; needless to say you have piqued my interest...

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SeaAnemone
January 10th 2011


20559 Comments


sounds like something I might love.. thanks for bringing it to light!

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Ponton
Emeritus
January 10th 2011


5804 Comments


yeah, pretty sure you'd like this sea, at least a little. knott too, maybe even thebhoy

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2011


7312 Comments


Great review Jared. Have a pos.

If I may make one oblique comment though...this review seems to have a litany of commas (which occasionally make for some stilted reading). But I'm splitting hairs here lol.

EVedder27
January 11th 2011


6088 Comments


Fine work as always Jared. Been loving this so much I actually starting reviewing, but haven't gotten so far.

Anyway, Taxi on Vermont has been stuck in my head all day, such a catchy tune

Eskate87
January 11th 2011


959 Comments


glad to see this got a review and a good one too. album is great.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


5804 Comments


Appreciate the comments guys, and thanks Irving. Crit noted and fixed

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 11th 2011


5255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to the shit out of this record when it first came out forever ago. Surprised it's just now seeing some recognition.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011


7312 Comments


Cheers mate! Seems a lot better now =)

Phideaux
January 11th 2011


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm liking this a lot.

Good review. Been looking for music like this that I can get into. So your summary might be right. Ha Ha.

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Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2011


5804 Comments


Glad you're enjoying this man!

BigTuna
January 13th 2011


5161 Comments


I will listen to this.

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Phideaux
January 13th 2011


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its definitely good. I'd like to try to hunt down a hard copy.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 13th 2011


5804 Comments


ooo good luck with that :/

glad you like it though

Phideaux
January 13th 2011


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Found it! Stopped by fye and they actually had it.

Also, congrats to me on 500 comments. Seems like just yesterday I was just lurking and creepin on you nice folks.

Phideaux
January 14th 2011


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The occasional horn parts in this make me very happy.



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