SXSW Record Reviews

Parker Millsap

The Very Last Day (Thirty Tigers)

SXSW Record Reviews

Parker Millsap's sophomore LP kicks off raw and raucous, "Hades Pleads" chugging a howling blues that immediately showcases the 23-year-old's growth from his eponymous 2014 debut. The Oklahoma songwriter's eclectic roots reach likewise stretches impressively, from the soul-tinged "Pining" and trembled touch of "Morning Blues" to the cathartic apocalypse of "The Very Last Day." Centerpiece "Heaven Sent" draws poignant tension as a young gay man searches for reconciliation with his religious father, and while the gentle "Jealous Sun" and "A Little Fire" find Millsap still trying to tackle his higher trill effectively, "Tribulation Hymn" closes in fervent throwback gospel fashion. (Thu., 5pm, SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake)

***.5

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