Former Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann has finally decided to step out on his own, with a new solo album called To The Races, released next Tuesday on Saddle Creek Records. It's a stripped down, introspective affair, driven primarily by Bachmann's acoustic guitar and raspy Neil Diamond-esque voice. Looking back to the early Archers of Loaf stuff, he's certainly come a long way, and his re-inventions through the years have been intriguing to say the least. Here he manages to deliver a collection of beautiful folk songs with a timeless and powerful draw. A few songs have some piano or violin accompaniment, or in the case of the song "Carrboro Woman", he brings in one of my least favourite instruments (the harmonica) and enhances the overall texture of the tune. If you dig Bachmann's previous work, this solo disc is well worth checking out.
» Bonus Track: Carrboro Woman
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