End of Begin (n / a)
Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., Sept. 26, 2008
Infinite PartialsEnd of Begin
Infinite Partials singer-songwriter Grant Hudson defines his act's sound as "folk-fusion." Apart from the use of djembe, it's unclear where the "fusion" comes from but not the folk. Fitting, then, that End of Begin was recorded in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, as there's an evangelical-cum-coffee shop earnestness in Hudson's densely packed lyrics, which obliquely reference Protestant come-to-Jesus rhetoric (particularly "Texas Song") thinly veiled enough to escape a secular audience. Musically, not a wrong note sounds. Arrangements are gorgeous, the violins, marimba, and djembe blending beautifully to produce a richly layered sound of which the Austin sextet should be proud and which helps temper the feel that Hudson and company would probably be right at home providing the music on any given Sunday morning at your local God shack.