Jul 13, 2012

In Gowan Ring - Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home (2002)

As knowingly pretentious as Rome, B'eirth looks to and acts in the same medieval simulacrum as Donovan where Jérôme sought to capture the atmosphere of the actual 'world on the brink of war.' He goes delicate rather than pompous, hence comparisons to Nick Drake rather than Nick Cave. Musically he attempts the same purity as Cashmore's best moments on Beauty Reaps The Blood of Solitude and actually manages- Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home is a beautifully composed album. Lyrically he's Romantic where his influences might go psychedelic (Donovan), and a troubadour rather than a prophet or a mystic (Tibet). Regardless of how expertly done this all is (and it is expertly done!), appreciation of Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home comes down to how much (expertly done) Romantic/troubadour folk the listener can manage in one sitting. The first few tracks really moved me, but I couldn't listen for the whole 50 minutes. Highly recommended for those who can do it



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