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P.W. Long
Remembered
Touch & Go Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The former frontman of Mule is gruff, gritty, and strong like bourbon. His Pearl Jam-meets-Oh Brother, Where Art Thou voice feels rootsy and ornamental, steeped by age. Remembered is a record for bad old boys like Tom Waits and Vic Chesnutt, made for those who exalt the seedy underbelly.

Tracks like "Better" show he takes his peace from Tom Petty and blues-rock, and his coffee probably black and unsweetened. Rockers like "Wreck" take his sound further, with intensity heightened in tune with the volume. He is the dirty-rock equivalent of an unfiltered cigarette (as his vocals attest), both classic and powerful in every revelation.

"Diamondbacks" is assuredly a favorite, speeding things up with country twang and a slyly uptempo fašade. Truly, his storytelling is anything but straightforward or blatantly joyous, as the wily tone cries imposter to coarse themes.

The guitars are continually impressive, especially on "I Can't Tell the Things I Done," where they ring clear as a bell to beset his ranch-hand vocal straining and the perfectly added harmonies of Darla Oates. While Remembered is an entirely masculine album, its moments of striking beauty beneath the rough patches are truly incredible. In strength and aestheticism, P.W. Long has successfully emulated a soft hand caked in soot.

Even a strangely pretty slow-builder like "Memphis Kids" shows the strength and raw gravel of American passion. The quality marked by Remembered rings solid, through and through. While it may not be the easiest record to grasp or devour, it is remarkably rich and deeply rooted. It is a record of great stature and validation, glorifying society's working class through striking narratives, he has proven himself as P.W. Long, Everyman.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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