2009-10-06Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Joshua James brings us stories of heartache from the heartland on this, his second full-length release. Singing in a whispery, almost feminine voice, James sings pretty songs of the difficulties of relationships and the hurt we often cause one another and ourselves. This is sad stuff, sometimes accompanied by folksy, acoustic instrumentation, such as that found on "Weeds" or "In the Middle". Other times being more electric, such as on "Black July" or "Kitchen Tile". Almost always, though, these songs start out soft and pretty, then crescendo into something louder, but strikingly fair to the ear. Rebecca Ruth
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