John McGrail | Dust

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by John McGrail

Modern Progressive Folk
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Borderland
0:53 $0.99
2. Behind the Facade
3:52 $0.99
3. I Cannot Stop the Rain
3:28 $0.99
4. Bitten By a Snake
3:09 $0.99
5. Aiming Low
4:21 $0.99
6. Island
3:11 $0.99
7. What Else Can I Do?
4:23 $0.99
8. Running Far Away
3:26 $0.99
9. Times Like This
2:25 $0.99
10. Refused His Burden
3:44 $0.99
11. I Think You're an Ass
2:16 $0.99
12. You're Mean
3:35 $0.99
13. Nothing At All
4:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
A collection of songs coming on the heels of his Spring 2014 release Merchant of Sorrow. Dust is yet another masterpiece. Sometimes dark, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes caring... these songs standout individually and yet as a collection they blend into a vast emotional landscape. All that love, all that lust, all that rots, all that rusts, all the cruel, all the just, all who might, all who must, all who win, all who bust, all that are, turn to dust



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This exquisite album has grown on me to the point that I miss it when I’m not hearing it. From the wordless vocalizations of Borderland to the forlorn but earnest promises of Nothing At All, McGrail invites the listener into an intimate and personal conversation. You acknowledge your pain and his. You negotiate and fight and make up and join together against the cold world and lose each other and have a good talk after it’s all over and walk away friends.

The quality of the compositions (always good from this artist) just keeps getting better. His stellar and distinctive guitar work skillfully supplies a firm hand that binds the eclectic and individually engaging arrangements into a cohesive whole. Each track is more than able to stand on its own, but together they form a true musical experience.

Much is made of McGrail’s guitar, and rightly so, but it would be a mistake to overlook his vocals on this album. His voice is as strong and resonant as always, but he goes well beyond that on this release. His aching delivery of I Cannot Stop the Rain is not to be missed. Nor is the exuberance of Bitten By A Snake, the deep bite of Aiming Low, the chilly rebuke of Island, the helplessness of What Else Can I Do?, or the desolate yearning of Times Like This. And just as you think your heart will break from Refused His Burden, he will give you a moment to laugh at I Think You’re An Ass before bringing on the smooth self-approbation of You’re Mean.

Any sophomore can write a sad song, but McGrail has an ability to weave tenacity into sadness and a genuine love for life into hopelessness in a way that grants the complexity of the human condition and evokes emotions that are anything but simple. Emotional courage is his signature and this release is no exception.