Tom Brosseau

    Tom Brosseau

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    Loveless - May 11, 2006

    Tom
    Brosseau is one of those rare artists who transcends time. His music at
    once sounds totally current and as if it were recorded decades ago. His
    acoustic guitar is clean and true, and his voice is pitched between
    masculine and feminine — not quite androgynous or ambiguous, but full
    of emotional cracks and soaring clarity. He could be singing in a
    speakeasy or at a juke joint or on a slow-rolling freight train or on
    that proverbial corner of the dusty crossroads where Robert Johnson
    sold his soul. Not to imply that Brosseau, too, may have struck a pact
    with Satan in exchange for musical prowess, but the muses seem to be
    smiling down on him.

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    Originally released in 2001 and known as The Blue Record, this reissue is remastered by Gregory Page
    and comes with five extra tracks. (The first bonus track, “I Live With
    Other People in Mind,” is a story in a song, with a chilling melody
    line that digs its fingers into your heart.) Brosseau has a work ethic
    as pure as his voice. He sold the now out-of-print original issue at
    mom-and-pop record shops and at his frequent live performances. He’s
    played countless intimate performances at little record shops as well
    as proper venues, and the live version included here of “The Young and
    the Free,” recorded for L.A. radio station KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic,
    is a testament to his charming onstage demeanor. The word “lovely”
    springs to mind as quickly as “timeless” does in describing Brosseau.

     

    His
    influences range from yodeling hillbilly Jimmie Rodgers to Jeff
    Buckley’s throat-singing heights to ’60s folk luminaries Woody Guthrie,
    Bob Dylan and Nick Drake. Brosseau is a rare find these days: a singer
    who is immediately accessible and engaging yet not tainted by
    overproduction or hype or scene politics. He writes and performs songs
    that stay with you, songs that smack of the experience of an old soul
    who’s seen it all and isn’t afraid to tell us what he’s learned. He
    “tuned his guitar to the hum of the train,” and we are invited along to
    waltz with him on his travels.

     

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