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Murder By Death: Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

Last Updated 10/30/2012 11:32:40 AM

By: Brian Campbell

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Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon


To be honest, the two best cuts off of Murder By Death’s sixth full length, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, are its bookends - the opening “My Hill” and closing “Ghost Fields.” Not only are these two tracks the best here. They also serve as a proper microcosm of the album as a whole. The former, a plucky, somewhat disjointed blend of Midwest Americana and down home roots, and the latter, a smoldering ballad that exudes both heartbreak and a love for all things Johnny Cash.  The well-written prose of the piano-led “Lost River” exemplifies the bands Cash worship in nearly every fashion, and the sprawling “Ditch Lilly” are two other such noteworthy tracks.

But with the good comes the bad as they say, as some of Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon gets lost in the shuffle as a handful of songs struggle to distance themselves from each other (“Straight At the Sun,” “I Came Around,” “Hard World”). Thankfully for listeners they can press the next button and skip over to “Go To the Light,” a track that showcases this bands penchant for the ominous, a sound achieved thanks to their mostly unique, shadowy song structures.

While Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon is an appealing record in its own right, there’s a very good chance you’ll have to give it time, and more than a few spins, in order to truly see its charm.

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