"Remarkable, like a timeless classic or an obscure LP you discovered in a dusty second hand shop...8 out of 10"
--Angry Ape on The Complete Guide To Insufficiency
"basically, he could be unstoppable. If anybody ever hears this record"
--Cokemachineglow on David Thomas Broughton
I recently received David Thomas Broughton's new album, The Complete Guide To Insufficiency, and the first thing that struck me was that voice. Broughton has one of those voices (you know, like Jeff Mangum, Antony, or Joanna Newsom) that you immediately either love or can't stand. But with further listens, I was able to appreciate this collection of songs for what they are: eerie, hypnotic, beautiful (and at times macabre) love songs, set amidst a world of public executions and live sex shows.
The album, which was called "easily one of the finest records of 2005" by Cokemachineglow, was recorded in an old English church. This definitely contributes to that eeriness, especially on this track, the centerpiece of the album. Listen towards the end, when the church bells unexpectedly kick in, and become inextricably woven with Broughton's unique vocals:
David Thomas Broughton Unmarked Grave mp3
David Thomas Broughton's The Complete Guide To Insufficiency comes out on Dec. 13 on Plug Research
Read My Old Kentucky Blog's positive write up on the album
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