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Bloomed
Richard Buckner
Bloomed
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop
 
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Since its first release (in Europe in 1993), Richard Buckner's debut has stumbled in and out of print much as his characters drift in and out of love, and waver between hope and regret. This reissue is remastered, with fiv...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Richard Buckner
Title: Bloomed
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 1
Label: Glitterhouse
Release Date: 9/25/1998
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop
Styles: Americana, Outlaw Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 718750834027

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Since its first release (in Europe in 1993), Richard Buckner's debut has stumbled in and out of print much as his characters drift in and out of love, and waver between hope and regret. This reissue is remastered, with five previously unavailable tracks appended. More direct and accessible than its artful, allusive follow-ups (1997's Devotion + Doubt and 1998's Since), Bloomed introduced a breathtakingly talented songwriter in the West Texas tradition of Townes Van Zandt and Butch Hancock (who guests here on harmonica). Throughout, Buckner's remarkable voice--weathered, big but not blunt, intimate--stands starkly against a rich backdrop of mandolin, fiddle, and steel. One quibble: the bonus tracks should've been issued on a separate disc. Recorded by Buckner alone in a separate session, sans band and producer, they're not Bloomed outtakes. But they're all fine songs, from "Emma," a spare lament inspired by the James Agee tome Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, to "Settled Down," a verbose ballad of intricate detail. --Anders Smith-Lindall

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R. J MOSS | Alice Springs, Australia | 05/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Very occasionally I'm stunned by a first recorded effort. I'm thinking Tracy Chapman's debut, Morrison's,'Astral Weeks', Tori's,'Little Earthquakes', and Chris Whitely's,'Living With The Law'; big shifts in musical outlook yet within familiar surrounds. Buckner's,Bloomed' made a similar impact, though his take on experience was (and continues to be) that of the doomed lover. He seems determined to make this domain, teasing a range of depreciation, dereliction and rejection from his encounters. In 'Bloomed' he's on the road, moving on,moving on. The change of scenery offers a path out of difficult confrontations. is voice is a fabulous, emotional instrument and he rings nerve-tingling notes from it. The songs here are not uniformly great, not the strike rate of the aforementioned debuts. But the first five are right up there.'22' and 'Mud' will stop you in your tracks. The remainder are only medium good compared to such an auspicious beginning. His arrangements are countrified but are absolutely stand apart unique from the genre."