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KUMD Album Reviews: Me Moan

The first thirty seconds into Me Moan and you realize that Daughn Gibson's voice is meant for nothing other than country. Don't be fooled though, in this second album the deep-baritone singer-songwriter dishes up a hearty serving of the genre that's not quite like you may remember it.By Basement Reviewer: Rebeccah Roberts

Hailing from a tradition upheld by the likes of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, Gibson melds a unique sense of rhythm and unusual instrument choice into his southern storytelling. The album consists of a series of dark little fables, referencing people and places we can't be sure to exist, set against the dusky rumble of bass and crooning guitars. Me Moan is a change of pace from his last album, All Hell. Gibson's brings his voice to the forefront and slows down the rhythms, resulting in darker, slower, country beats that sink to the core of his lonely little stories. Gibson's country roots are especially apparent in tracks like "Phantom Rider" and "You Don't Fade". Keep an eye on the subtle, but clever rhythm as well - Gibson got his start as a drummer for the band Rednex and his rhythmic knowledge certainly shows through here. Other parts of the album almost qualify as ballads, especially "Franco", although you'll have to try hard for his voice not to remind you of that guy from the Crash Test Dummies. As a whole, Gibson's new effort succeeds in extending his style present in his first album. The result is a darker groove into a lonely little town where nobody knows your name? but soon enough they will.

Recommended tracks: The Sound of Law, Phantom Rider, You Don't Fade, Kissin' on the Blacktop
Similar Artists: Blue Hawaii, Raime, Mountains, Braids