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Last Days – “Safety of The North, The” – [N5MD]

humana   3/7/2009   A Library, CD

If you need a good cry, slap this on the platter and play it end to end. Cinematically exquisite, with an emphasis on the painful aspect of exquisite, Graham Richardson???s (aka Last Days???) 15 songs (or ???scenes???) describe a family???s move from the city to the rural and wild safety of the north. Although nowhere can you be safe from losing someone, and thus the manipulation of emotions through evocative use of simple guitar, piano, electronics, field recordings, voices that whisper and sing lovely lyrics so beautifully (see 2, my favorite). The track titles give you an idea of how each song is going to feel. It???s all moving, sad, and yet hopeful ambience, with 7 being a work of art as life support machine sounds morph into lovely music that again give way to the machines which win out in the end.
PGM: All tracks end as early as :26 (track 15), except 4 which tracks into 5, and 14 which tracks into 15.

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