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Stephen Bruton - From The Five (2005)
Artist: Stephen Bruton
Title Of Album: From The Five
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: New West Records
Genre: Texas Blues, Contemporary Blues, Alt Country
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 52:03 Min
Total Size: 128 Mb


1. Bigger Wheel
2. This Old World
3. Walk By Faith
4. Fading Man
5. Every Once In A While
6. The Clock
7. Treasured Wounds
8. Put Me Out Of Your Misery
9. The Halo Effect
10. That Moment When
11. Ordinary Man
12. In The Wind

The singer/songwriter/producer's third New West release (and fifth overall, hence the title) doesn't expand his established Americana boundaries, but does feel more confident and at times rocks a little harder than his previous efforts. Stephen Bruton's cracked leather voice is also more controlled, talk-singing and slipping into these songs like an old pair of jeans. There is a subtly propulsive Little Feat funk groove to tracks such as "The Clock" and especially the very Lowell George-ish "Walk by Faith," helped by Feat keyboardist/songwriter Bill Payne, a member of Bruton's studio ensemble for this effort and co-writer of the peppy "Put Me Out of Your Misery." There are also echoes of the Band, particularly on the stately horns that accentuate the elegiac "Fading Man" and "Treasured Wounds." Bruton fluently nails this lazy, swampy Southern sound that only occasionally explodes into rock & roll on the Chuck Berry-styled Sam Moore-Junior Walker "Ordinary Man," an obscure cover from the soundtrack of the movie Tapeheads. Generally though, these are soulful, reflective, sometimes openly spiritual songs, sung with honest, even intense determination directly from Bruton's possibly bruised soul. This is particularly effective on "The Clock," where a wah-wah guitar and wailing backing female vocalist accentuate lyrics of "There's a wake-up call coming from the doomsday clock." Not everything jumps out, but repeated spins yield a heightened appreciation of the low-boil ballads that dominate the album's sound. From the Five is a thoughtful, reflective, and impressive set of beautifully produced and imagined songs from an underrated architect of the Texas singer/songwriter tradition.

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