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Taking up the reigns where his 2004 debut left off, 'Micah P Hinson and The Opera Circuit' again sees the Texan lad moulding his emotion-lashed vocals around a tremulous batch of instrumentation that flits effortlessly between bourbon Americana to epic post-rock - somehow managing to ensure that none of these musical adjuncts turn into cul-de-sacs. Taking 'Letter To Huntsville' as a starting point, the appeal of Hinson is immediate and humbling - bringing together the roughly hewn approach of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and the tender orchestration of Tindersticks, then giving it a swampy flavour that is straight from a rose-tinted view of the deep south. Likely to appeal to anyone who has even flirted with Lambchop, Leon Redbone or Randy Newman, Hinson's emotional depth is breathtaking, dragging you through a spectrum of styles whilst keeping it all rooted in his very particular world view. Taking a jaunty harmonica led stomp for 'Jackeyed', Hinson immediately juxtaposes what could almost be an Adem track with the moribund lament of 'Drift Off To Sleep' and feedback blanched peaks of 'You're Only Lonely'. Sounding well beyond his 24 years, Micah P. Hinson recorded this record whilst housebound and addicted to industrial painkillers - but despite its tortured origins, it's a pain you'll want to share in. Sublime.