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With Since, California troubadour Richard Buckner has found a way to give his high-concentrate vocals and heavyhearted lyrical pensiveness a flattering dash of ebullience. But fear not, fans of such modern country-dread to... more »
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With Since, California troubadour Richard Buckner has found a way to give his high-concentrate vocals and heavyhearted lyrical pensiveness a flattering dash of ebullience. But fear not, fans of such modern country-dread touchstones as Devotion + Doubt and Bloomed: this is still the man who can summon the essence of such disparate spirits as Nick Drake and the Louvin Brothers while remaining ever faithful to his own wounded soul. --Steven Stolder
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Deep, dark, sad and beautiful
Rob Damm | 05/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After living with Buckner's 2nd disc, Devotion + doubt for a few months, I realized I could never again live without it. Really. It was one of those discs that just never left the CD player. It shook up all of my mental "top 100 of all time lists" and really changed many of my ideas about popular music. It became my ultimate Desert Island Disc... the one record I would save if my house were burning... well, let's just say the choice got a lot tougher when I heard Since! I really don't know if I could choose one of the discs as my favorite. I see them more as a body of work (with Bloomed as a very strong apprentice piece).Since is darker (if that's possible) than D+D, only because it's more dreamy, elliptical and downright strange. Buckner is a totally original songwriter. No one writes like this. He uses words as much for the sound as the meaning, and the effect is spellbinding. Words actually take on new meanings. Yes, he's that good. The instrumentation is more varied as are the tempos and arrangements. The sonic are even better than D+D, featuring that deep, dark, tubey sound, but with more texture, better images and good dynamics.If you loved D+D, I'm sure you have this disc already and have practically worn it out. If you like bands like Giant Sand, Mekons, Whiskeytown, the Walkabouts, Nick Cave, and so forth stop reading right now and get this album. It is a true masterwork, form a true master that hopefully has many great records left in him."
Commercials aren't so bad...
Polly J. Blanchard | The Sticks, IN | 02/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was turned onto Buckner while staring mindlessly at my TV. A commercial came on peddling an SUV, which featured a snippet from Ariel Ramirez.
I got on the internet, found Buckner in my search through the car maker's advertisement sites, and promptly ordered the CD.
It's hard to describe the music - it's simple and hauntingly beautiful, and it just gets better each and everytime I listen to it.
Thank you, Richard. What a wonderful gift you have.
todd w shearer | 03/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For fans of ALL music, this is truly an amazing record. From start to finish Buckner mesmerizes with an eclectic assortment of help from members of Calexico, Tortoise, Friends of Dean Martinez, Gastr Del Sol to name a few. If you like Tupelo, Son Volt, Townes Van Zandt or any music with a lyrical flair, BUY THIS! You will not be disapointed...also he puts on one helluva live show."