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info opinion

Daryl Leroi Fleming

"The Blockhouse & Bloodhound Sessions" CD

Sort Of Records

Genre: Americana, folk

Aug 18 2008

An erudite and opinionated lyricist, and a fantastic guitarist to boot, Daryl Leroi Fleming brings a lot to the table on this exquisite collection of Americana folk material. Fleming reminds me of a slightly gruffer Howe Gelb, using his songs as vessels for the telling of often humorously articulate stories.

The high point of this album is the instantly memorable melody of "Après Nous, Le Deluge," which is almost worth the price of admission alone. Still, it benefits from a strong supporting cast. Among the more notable moments are "Ron Paul," a clever jab at everyone's favourite Republican, and the pretty "Imprimatur." I am not as impressed by "David Hume," which is comprised of a spoken Hume excerpt blanketed by a sparse instrumental, although the album's two wordless pieces frame Fleming's melodic talents well. Also entertaining is "Third Party," his encyclopedic take on fringe (and not-so-fringe) presidential candidates of yore - though its strength is clearly its lyrics. The Blockhouse & Bloodhound Sessions is a strong record from Fleming, although only Americana enthusiasts are likely to put it on regular rotation.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]