On My Way to Absence The sixth CD On My Way to Absence from Seattle's musical Steinbeck opens with a shooting and ends with a burial. In the middle, widows… 2005-04-05 Damien Jurado
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On My Way to Absence (2005)

Details Release Date: Apr 05, 2005; Lead Performance: Damien Jurado

The sixth CD On My Way to Absence from Seattle's musical Steinbeck opens with a shooting and ends with a burial. In the middle, widows weep, lovers split, and friendships go rancid with resentment. Other singer-songwriters might slather on the strings, but Damien Jurado — a gifted storyteller with an unsentimental eye for detail — makes minimalism his m.o. The songs are bare as winter trees, built from brittle guitars and crackling percussion. When they finally erupt — as ''Icicle'' does — the contrast makes the combustion arresting.

Originally posted Apr 11, 2005 Published in issue #815 Apr 15, 2005 Order article reprints
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