10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Murder by Death make a difference largely because their singer, Adam Turla, commands a song as only a few vocalists ever do. The power and authority he brings to songs such as “Solitary One” and “Last Thing” help them stand out in a world of roots-rock and alt.country troubadours. It also helps that this Bloomington, Ind.–based group venture beyond the territorial trappings of genres until their music hits a cinematic free space where elegant pop hooks, mandolins, cello, horns, and harmonies combine for pure magic. “It Will Never Die” captures an ominous austerity that bursts into full color as the harmonies climb in desperation. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Murder by Death make a difference largely because their singer, Adam Turla, commands a song as only a few vocalists ever do. The power and authority he brings to songs such as “Solitary One” and “Last Thing” help them stand out in a world of roots-rock and alt.country troubadours. It also helps that this Bloomington, Ind.–based group venture beyond the territorial trappings of genres until their music hits a cinematic free space where elegant pop hooks, mandolins, cello, horns, and harmonies combine for pure magic. “It Will Never Die” captures an ominous austerity that bursts into full color as the harmonies climb in desperation. 

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