Amos Lee - Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song

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Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, released in October 2013 via Blue Note Records.

With his dusty voice and populist Americana, more real and current than the more retro-leaning members of the oeuvre, Amos Lee straddles the real estate staked out by Levon Helm, Little Feat and John Prine. In his songs, wonder isn’t wide-eyed, but knowing, and that makes the emotional charge more resonant.

His plaintive title track, sweeping dignity in the face of how hard life and respiteful death can be, finds Lee tangling his earthy tenor with Patty Griffin’s wire-and-sky soprano for a plainspoken tribute to those who make it work by their own two hands, confessing as a funeral procession goes by.

That self-reliance is a potent theme. The techno-shuffling “Loretta”, with plenty of room his midrange to twist into soulful drifts, witnesses to a self-possessed woman who knows respect starts with her own fine self. The homage is equally reverential and desirous, and it works.

Lee isn’t afraid of his funkier side, heading into a tangy bit of horns, steamy female singers and clavinet to rave like a more wide-open Lenny Kravitz on “The Man Who Wants You” and the atmospheric “Indonesia”.

For all its R&B undertow, gris-gris glory and soul shuffles, the essence of Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song is the acoustic-grounded, folk and country excavations. Whether it’s the gently finger-picked “Dresser Drawer”, with room for the desolation of its post-busted marriage lament, or the sweeping Texas meditation on progress and its price “Johnson Blvd”, featuring Willie Nelson veteran Mickey Raphael’s plangent harmonica, Lee makes sorrow shimmer.

That ache gets embroidered by Nashville’s very finest, dobroist Jerry Douglas, mandolinist Jed Hughes and a silvery vocal from Alison Krauss, on “Chill In The Air”, another song about trying to break the ties of a love that’s gone, but not quite releasing the abandoned. Lee understands the staining traces of love, drawing on small details like a woman’s breath falling softly on his chest while they slept.

Spending his career exploring the American songbook’s capacity to hold his emotional tides, Amos Lee distils his essence. Ranging from old-timey to reverential, soul to Appalachian, it's Lee’s talents as an insightful songwriter and soulful vocalist that beg your attention on Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song.

Check out the tracks: “The Man Who Wants You” and “Chill In The Air”. 

This LP record housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Johnson Blvd

4:16

A2

Stranger

3:49

A3

Tricksters, Hucksters And Scamps

3:20

A4

Chill In The Air (Feat. Alison Krauss)

4:28

A5

Dresser Drawer

4:24

B1

Indonesia

3:28

B2

High Water

2:39

B3

The Man Who Wants You

3:00

B4

Loretta

3:46

B5

Plain View

2:34

B6

Mountains Of Sorrow (Feat. Patty Griffin)

4:02

B7

Burden

3:23

SKU 602537432417
Record Label Blue Note Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602537432417
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 08 October 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 08 October 2013
Barcode # 602537432417
Shipping Weight 0.3400kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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