In This Cage Some Songs Are Born by Charles Bukowski

I write poetry, worry, smile

laugh

sleep

continue for a while

just like most of us

just like all of us;

sometimes I want to hug all

Mankind on earth

and say,

god damn all this that they’ve brought down

upon us,

we are brave and good

even though we are selfish

and kill each other and

kill ourselves,

we are the people

born to kill and die and weep in dark rooms

and love in dark rooms,

and wait, and

wait and wait and wait.

we are the people

we are nothing

more.

Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett

What can I say about Damien Jurado that I’ve not already said?  Mmmm, I’ve got to be honest, it’s pretty hard to describe how wonderful this artist is in my eyes.   Like artists such as The National it’s not that he does an awful lot differently from release to release.  It’s simply that what he does, he does so, so well. 

This record however is a bit of an exception from the norm, representing quite a departure from the sombre Jurado tone of previous records.  There were indications of this change in direction on his previous record ‘Caught In The Trees’ but the full impact of this change are only fully realised on this record.  It’s a brave and bold move and to be quite honest it’s one that works brilliantly with thisrecord being as good a Jurdao record as any of his previous releases.  This is not to say that the record does not have it’s darker, more sombre moments, as is evident with the quite exquisite ‘Kansas City,’ which is Jurado at his painstaking best.  However, for the most part, this record is not one for a late night whiskey session as has been the way for most of his career.  The variation of sounds and style on this record is intriguing and possibly shouldn’t work, yet somehow this could not be anything other than a Damien Jurado record.  He just has that ability to hold the whole thing together with that distinctive voice.  9 records into a 13 year career, this is a welcome change of pace and will hopefully help him get the kind of attention that such a brilliant song writer truly deserves.   

If you’d like to check out Damien Jurado you can do so here.  And check out his wonderful record label Secretly Canadian here.  Enjoy.