Ben Weaver – Stories Under Nails

After 2002's storming Hollerin' At A Woodpecker, Minnesota-based Weaver's latest compounds his promise. The song, essentially, remains the same—chilly steel, sparse banjo, stroked acoustic—but these vignettes sound like gutter-pulpit sermons in a disturbed netherworld. Weaver's voice—which makes Lee Marvin sound like Aled Jones—lends biblical portent to the most mundane detail. Standout track "John Martin"—its protagonist duped by a sinister drifter—is claustrophobic as hell. A one-man Brothers Grimm with no happy endings. Enjoy.

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After 2002’s storming Hollerin’ At A Woodpecker, Minnesota-based Weaver’s latest compounds his promise. The song, essentially, remains the same?chilly steel, sparse banjo, stroked acoustic?but these vignettes sound like gutter-pulpit sermons in a disturbed netherworld. Weaver’s voice?which makes Lee Marvin sound like Aled Jones?lends biblical portent to the most mundane detail. Standout track “John Martin”?its protagonist duped by a sinister drifter?is claustrophobic as hell. A one-man Brothers Grimm with no happy endings. Enjoy.

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