Hiss Golden Messenger - Terms Of Surrender

MC Taylor’s impecible musical heritage elevates this latest entry in a catalogue now in double figures. While Phil and Brad Cook are again present, Taylor has broadened his horizons, inviting outside influences. Among the expanded roll call of Hiss Golden Messenger is The National guitarist Aaron Dessner, and My Wing’s central riff bears a resemblance to the Ohio band’s This Is The Last Time.

Jenny Lewis, meanwhile, adds breathy undertones to the rootsy Old Enough To Wonder Why. Whip’s howling harmonica and cooking blues guitar provide grit, while there’s often familial remorse among the gospel and soul, not least on the sweet title track and Happy Birthday Baby, on which Taylor apologises to his daughter for “all these miles that I roam”. Southern class again shines brightly.

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Gary Walker

 

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