Damien Jurado has finally found an identity that suits him – a one-man Crosby, Stills and Nash
A dozen albums in, Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has finally found an identity that suits him – a one-man Crosby, Stills and Nash. Produced by fellow offbeat troubadour Richard Swift, ‘Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son’ bills itself as a concept album, a road movie with no end, but the songs are tight, the meaning incidental and any big ideas play second fiddle to bewitching tunes and delicate harmonies. Sometimes Jurado lets rip, gearing up to a shamanic groove on ‘Silver Donna’, giving it a Grateful Dead freakout on ‘Silver Timothy’ and test-driving syncopated psych-rock on ‘Magic Number’. But usually he’s plucking away on an acoustic, a whiff of the hippy to tender strums like ‘Silver Katherine’ and ‘Metallic Cloud’.