Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Album Review: Robbie Fulks -Gone Away Backward

Robbie Fulks
Gone Away Backward
***and1/2 out of *****

The past days dust-bowl/tornado pictured on Robbie Fulks new album Gone Away Backward is a dusty representation of the acoustic folk contained with in, glorious at a distance but devastating up close.

Fulks has a knack for writing a country ballad in the best way, with a smirk and a acknowledgment of the formula, but never a disrespect for the craft and history. A tune like "That's Where I'm From" embodies this with it's slow place, excellent vocals and shout out to Fulks upbringing.  Solitary drinking, double-wide's and poor decisions are all here but things never feel routine, depressing or dull.

Gone Away Backward opens with a fantastic sounding tune titled "I'll Trade You Money For Wine" while identifiably powerful story telling is the focal point of "Where I Fell". The sly wordplay, delicate picking and violin buzzing of "Imogene" shows off a playful side while "Long Ride" lets the banjo take over. "Rose Of The Summer" ends the album on a high note with a country waltz accompanied by well tracked, strong vocals. The production overall (done by Steve Albini) is crisp delicate and eerie when needed.

Fans of country, singer/songwriters and top musicianship should all check out this newest Fulks effort as it showcases all of his talents. While not containing a breakout hit that everyone could identify with Gone Away Backward is a complete work; solid and reliable like an old pair of boots.
Bloodshot Records keeps putting out great Americana disks and Gone Away Backward is another gem. Robbie Fulks is an impressive writer and performer, this disk is a really good one and I went back and fourth between 3 and 1/2 and 4 stars. It is worth a spin and you can do that for a limited time over at Spin.

Support the artist here, buy the album here and peep a sample below:
Here is "I'll Trade You Money For Wine" Live:

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