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Having departed his old record label and learned that his wife was leaving him for another man during the making of this album, Jim White imbues many of the songs here with a dark emotionalism. "The Way of Alone," "The Wintered Blue Sky," and the self-explanatory "Epilogue to a Marriage" are harrowing self-exorcisms. Members of Olabelle, Shak Nasti, and The Heap are among the guests who color in the arrangements, with White himself handling guitar, piano, "flutes & whistles," programming, and percussion. The music and writing are inspired and inspiring. The beauty of the horn-fired "Sunday's Refrain," the raw atmospherics of "My Brother's Keeper," and the celebratory jaunt of "Here We Go!" provide nuanced sonic detail, while the rustic, acoustic country-folk-blues of "State of Grace" captures a timeless charm and camaraderie among its loving harmonies. The piano opener, "Chase the Dark Away," has an ambience recalling Big Star's Third, with White reaching out like another Athens, Ga.-based songwriter, the late Vic Chesnutt. White lays it out cold: "Graveyards of lost loved ones/Just watch them drift away." 

Customer Reviews

Awesome Tunes-Get Lost in the Sound


I never heard of Jim White until a recent listen on Sirius XM. This album is a must have, you will enjoy, setback and have a listen!

Simple, Sparse, Smart and Sometimes Sultry

Jim White paints moody soundscapes and writes smart lyrics to match. The sound is bare and sparse at times, yet just the right amount to set the mood for the story. This is his best since "No Such Place" and almost as good as "Wrong Eyed Jesus". The only guy I know who's music can make a banjo and kazoo sound haunting in a good way.

Jim White's Beautiful Take on Life

A simply beautiful collection of celebratory and somber songs reflective of the life experience. As is hoped with for all artsts, Jim White's work gets better with each new release. One may have thought it difficult to top his last album, the important Transnormal Skiperoo, but this first independent release is more connective than ever.


Born: March 10, 1957

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Southern Gothic singer/songwriter Jim White grew up in Pensacola, Florida, enamored with the sounds of the white gospel music he heard on the Gospel Jubilee television series. After spending his formative years on the outskirts of a deeply Pentecostal community, he entertained a career as a professional surfer, followed by a stint in Milan as a fashion model. A bandsaw accident that resulted in a maimed left hand seemed to end White's hopes as a musician, but after writing a collection of simple...
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