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Daughn Gibson

'All Hell' (White Denim)

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Fri., June 1, 2012

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Daughn Gibson

All Hell (White Denim)

On paper, Gibson's combination of traditional country samples and electronics might appear ham-fisted. Well-worn lyrical imagery culled from the lonesome roads and hard-living country crooners of yore would be threadbare if not for the keenly sampled and looped instrumentation bolstering them. Gibson avoids awkward genre mash-ups with memorable vocal melodies and a knack for seamlessly matching timbres of the traditional and contemporary on the album's early standout tracks, "In the Beginning" and "Tiffany Lou." By the title track at album's end, the typewriter percussion, synth fills, and Gibson's deeply echoing voice owe more to Scott Walker's darkly experimental output than anything from Johnny Cash. These widening strides away from the source material informing All Hell's opening tracks may be downward toward fire-and-brimstone, but they're by no means musical missteps. (Fri., 9:20pm, Cheer Up Charlie's; Sat., 8:30pm, Club de Ville.)

***.5

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