Damien Jurado
Rehearsals for Departure


4.0
excellent

Review

by Omnipanzer... USER (5 Reviews)
July 20th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sorrow and joy seem to be Damien Jurado’s medium of choice.

A quick preface, this album was assigned to me as a part of the “Review a Random Album” incentive. I only feel it necessary to state this as it may explain the tone of some of this review. I can say that I’m certainly glad it was as I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The “Plays” count on my iTunes currently sitting at 8 seems to shore up that sentiment. My immediate thought upon starting this album was… Jesus this is really familiar, a thought that would not leave me throughout the album and indeed still has not.

Part of the reason for the familiarity may be that there isn’t a single track on the album that doesn’t remind me of another artist. In Mr. Jurado’s defense this is not always artists that came before him and may in fact be credit to his ability. In my mind I can easily set him side by side with many wonderful musicians both past and present. Damien Jurado instantly conjures up memories of other singular musicians like Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Pete Yorn. Hell some of his catchier tracks like “Honey Baby”, “Letters & Drawings” and “Ohio” are almost patent rip offs of Pete Yorn Singles circa “musicforthemorningafter”… if he hadn’t done it two years prior that is.

There are other songs that instantly remind me of very specific tracks. The cadence of “Tragedy” makes me think of “Feeding the Tree” by Belly, “Eyes for Windows” is almost assuredly an homage to Nick Drake’s “These Things First” and “Tornado” feels like a revisit of “Barbarosa” by Sordid Humor. He’s not without a little influence of his own though as the title track sounds like it was the blueprint for Jessica Lea Mayfield’s first album “With Blasphemy so Heartfelt”. Then there are the folk music staple slow laments like “Curbside", “Love the Same” and “Saturday” to which I can attribute no one in particular but seem passed down through the history of the genre.

I would not say the Damien Jurado has a great voice by any means but I will state clearly that he does have the rhythm, vision, arrangement skills and writing ability to invalidate the necessity. “Rehearsals for Departure” is an indie/folk album of the highest order and if that’s your bag baby I think you’ll be deciding this is going to be a permanent part of your library by about 1:05 on track one of this album. It is a wonderfully cohesive album that hits the genre running on all eight cylinders and keeps firing properly for its full 36:40 duration. In the end I’m glad it was introduced to me and it is my pleasure to introduce it to you.


P.S. He has a new album out this year that you may want to add to your 2012 collection as well.


Omni-


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omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yah, it's pretty damned good.

Maniac!
July 20th 2012


26257 Comments


neg

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks B, I so appreciate it.

Maniac!
July 20th 2012


26257 Comments


This is what happens when I quit sputnik but am forced by my friends to come rep their shit.


negnegneg

TheNotrap
July 20th 2012


8132 Comments


Sweet Omni, have a pos.

Digging: Funebrarum - The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

SeaAnemone
July 20th 2012


20946 Comments


Brilliant songwriter-- I didn't know you were into this guy. Have you heard Ghost of David? It's my favorite by him.

Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm very much into this type of music but I was unfamiliar with him until WB's review a random album
list two days ago.

I have Maraqopa which I am listening to now and I like it almost as much as this one.
I'll give Ghost of David a try next though.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=104206

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2012


21583 Comments


Good review omni, pos'd.

Perhaps should have participated in this but I wasn't sure what album to submit that I didn't want to review myself eventually and also wasn't sure when I would actually get to reviewing the album assigned to me.

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TenSecondsToThink
July 20th 2012


1249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well done.

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ probably not as enthusiastic as you would have liked but I thought it was pretty balanced.

Thanks JT and NoTrap

TenSecondsToThink
July 20th 2012


1249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I felt the same when I got it some months ago, just 4.5'd it this or last week. The best albums are usually growers and even if it won't change for you, I'm glad that more people will hear about it and a 4 is obviously a high rating.

WeepingBanana
July 20th 2012


10217 Comments


lol i the game this time around is already more successful than last one

WeepingBanana
July 20th 2012


10217 Comments


oh and review is as solid as they come, have a pos

omnipanzer
July 20th 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dànké WB.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2012


4458 Comments


Good review. I'll check this guy out. POS'd.

ZedO
July 20th 2012


1096 Comments


never heard of this guy, but i get a feeling that it'll be my thing (after looking at that Bruce Springsteen comparison on the page). pos

omnipanzer
July 23rd 2012


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not a Springsteen fan so I'm not sure about that but I would think that this would be under produced by comparison.



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