Boomkat Product Review:
If I told you that Mick Harvey was a regular Nick Cave collaborator (since waaaay back) then I'm sure you'd get some idea that he was going to be a husky voiced feller making low-slung, windy folk-rock music with a twinge of absolute darkness. You wouldn't be wrong either, Harvey shares a sentiment with his friend and shares that deft talent for making what should be totally depressing music sound interesting and absorbing. This is a raw sounding album, raw in emotion and in production with thick acoustic guitar cutting through Harvey's distinctive tone - everything sounding like it's been recorded in the back room of a grimy dive of a bar somewhere in deepest Alabama. Organs reverberate from the middle of nowhere and pianos sound like there's an old man somewhere with only three fingers dribbling on himself before hitting the right notes beautifully haphazardly. Even the percussion sounds rough and distorted - just flick to the album's highlight 'Sad Dark Eyes' for proof if it was ever needed that this is something quite out of the ordinary indeed. Harvey's work with the inspiring PJ Harvey comes to mind - the record manages to reach similar levels of grimy rock greatness without resorting to cliché. This should be the soundtrack to a road trip fraught with disaster, it's real life, and everyone knows real life ain't all peaches and cream, baby. Huge recommendation.