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Editors’ Notes

Like Smog, Sun Kil Moon and Cat Power, the Strugglers is really the vision of a single, lone voice. In this case, it’s North Carolinian Brice Randall Bickford II putting his contemplative diary jottings to music. His fourth full-length, 2008’s The Latest Rights, is his most mature album to date, beginning with the poetic cadences of “Morningside Heights” and working towards the upbeat pop of the character-study “Jonathan,” where Bickford’s earnest vocals crack not with sorrow but with joy for new possibilities that elude him most of the time. The extra kick of the electric guitars add a blessed counterpoint to the usual "acoustic guitar with string orchestration" that singer-songwriters prefer these days. When Bickford does return to his doom-laden earth, it’s with heavy heart, as “Theme for the Bad Angel”’s double-tracked vocals can’t mask the disappointments that young artists discover as they slowly realize the world rarely listens. “I had to learn from you / I had no gifts for saving” isn’t quite accurate, as Bickford’s affecting vocals and heartfelt sentiments are worth more than a passing nod.

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I love this album

Hauntingly beautiful. A masterwork.

Great album

This is just a great album. People need to listen to it closely and then grab a 4-track and a guitar.

Great Stuff

His voice is haunting yet approachable. Their lyrics are cryptic and and odd yet easily approachable. Their style is their own. I tip my hat to ya'll Great Stuff!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Durham, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The country-tinged, midtempo songcraft of the Strugglers is primarily composed by frontman Brice Randall Bickford, who founded the group in 2001. With help from a rotating cast of musicians, Bickford began crafting an atmospheric sound that was equally indebted to Will Oldham, Red House Painters, and Neil Young, with tremulous vocals to match. The debut album Done by the Strugglers arrived in 2001, and Bickford slowly fleshed out his band's melancholic material on such subsequent efforts as 2003's...
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