Wow To The Deadnessby Steve Taylor (Vinyl Record)
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Steve Taylor: Wow To The Deadness (Vinyl LP)

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Limited vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Opener Wow to the Deadness is the perfect example of their effortless fusion. Part eerie campfire sing-a-long, part bruised-up brawler, the song volleys from Taylor's exhortation to let it slide to the other side to Smith's ecstatic declaration, We have a winner! In A Muse, Taylor plays another glory hound clawing for his 15 minutes over acrid, clawing guitars. And Wait Up Downstep is a revved-up Boy Scout marching song, Smith alternating between mantra-like refrain and beautifully swooping verses. And Nonchalant has the same coiled intensity as the National, but feels more wounded, more restless. More than anything, Steve Taylor & the Danielson Foil is the sound of two acts scrapping every rule of songwriting and rewriting the document according to their own impulses. Every time you think you've got it's sound pinned down, it shape-shifts again, transforming into something entirely new, fantastically confounding, and utterly irresistible. It is, to paraphrase Steve Albini, really raucous and really, really great. Wow to the Deadness, Wait Up Downstep, The Dust Patrol, Nonchalant, A Muse, Drats