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Damien Jurado’s ‘Brothers and Sisters’ is both soothing and exciting

Album review: Damien Jurado’s ‘Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son’

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Damien Jurado
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Secretly Canadian
★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Elaborating on Damien Jurado’s penchant for sincere storytelling and whispered-word vocals, his newest release, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, follows close at hand to his wonderfully mystical 2012 album, Maraqopa. In fact, Brothers and Sisters even has a track titled “Return to Maraqopa,” which rediscovers our introspective traveler once again in search of new locales and a deeper understanding of himself. A third collaboration with producer Richard Swift, Brothers and Sisters takes Jurado’s soft-spoken folk ballads and boosts them up with varied psychedelic meanderings, driving bass lines and a panoply of percussions for a wholly Nick Drake-inspired arrangement. This is most noticeable in the series of “Silver” tracks, especially on the leading single, “Silver Timothy,” in which Jurado’s far-away harmonies are eventually met with a spiraling of synthesizer outbursts, horns and rolling fills. Brothers and Sisters remains mellow and soothing per Jurado’s liking, but enough excitement is scattered about to keep this a worthy and rewarding endeavor.

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