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Editors’ Notes

Breaks in the Armor is the sixth release under the Crooked Fingers moniker for former Archers of Loaf leader Eric Bachmann. For consistency, depth, and lasting power, this one ranks with 2003’s Red Devil Dawn as being among his best work. The album’s flow is impeccable, beginning with two driving, stripped-down rockers before the tension is released with the hauntingly beautiful “The Hatchet.” This push and pull continues through spare ballads like “Heavy Hours” and “War Horses,” the rhythmically jagged “Black Candles,” and the raw and intense “Went to the City” and “She Tows the Line,” both of which build to emotional finishes. Bachmann’s vocals are riveting whether he’s belting it out or quietly growling, and the subtle tempo shifts from song to song keeps the drama high throughout. He’s joined here by frequent collaborator (and niece of Vic Chesnutt) Liz Durrett, who makes significant contributions on backing vocals and various instruments.

Customer Reviews


Fantastic album. Beautiful songs. I love, love, love Crooked Fingers!!!

Dude! Where's Eric Bachman?!?!?

Fo' Rizzle

Not sure he'll ever dissapoint

These albums are like old-school, beatnik novels. They tell so many stories through a narrative that only Bachman can convince you of. I think he's a modern day Beat Poet going to his own drum...well, six-string. Excellent all around.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Crooked Fingers was the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, best known as the longtime frontman for North Carolina indie rock institution Archers of Loaf. A onetime saxophone major at Appalachian State University, he co-founded the Archers in Chapel Hill in late 1991; quickly emerging as a major local favorite, the band's off-kilter noise pop broke through on national college radio two years later with the release of the single "Web in Front," followed by a series of acclaimed LPs including...
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