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Burd Early
Mind and Mother
Western Vinyl Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It's hard to imagine an indie singer-songwriter making an album that could be described as "urgent," but that's exactly what Burd Early has done with his fourth full-length, Mind and Mother.

Upon first listen, if unfamiliar with Burd Early, you will swear that you are listening to Will Oldham, and that he's taken voice lessons. Early has most definitely taken a page out of the Palace songbook with this release. From there, the most striking characteristic of Mind and Mother is the urgency that resounds. Songs like "Fertilizer Waiting To Happen" and "Blackdot" portray a person who is through being stuck in the prison of his own mind. Listening to this record will make you realize that life is to be lived, not wasted away watching Family Guy reruns in three-hour blocks (You know that's what you were doing before you turned on your computer to read this).

Musically, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Burd Early has taken things up a notch from his previous full-lengths, exploring more ambient soundscapes to underscore his trademark lo-fi guitar and fragile voice. Most noticeably on the instrumental "Gale Regale", a lone, plunky acoustic guitar is accompanied by a myriad of light ambience to beautiful effect. With the right combination of aspects, we get a sound that is really incredibly beautiful. That, along with the inclusion of near-poetic lyrics, makes this a great listen.

Fans of Will Oldham, Songs: Ohia, Damien Jurado and the like will definitely have a place in their hearts for Burd Early. I think the line from the title track sums up the album nicely: "Mind and Mother/ Unrealized Flower/ How Cruel I Have Been To You/ I Will Water You/ I Will Realize You."

It's time to let such sentiments move you: To put it plainly, get out there and live your life. Don't take no for an answer. Carpe Diem. GO!!

Reviewed by Stephen Smith
In a recent staff survey Stephen Smith included a picture of his cat, Nikolai, since he said he didn\'t have any of himself.

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