Justin Rutledge

Man Descending

[image-4]Published May 01, 2008.
Justin Rutledge
Man Descending
Six Shooter
Without question this is beautiful music. But sometimes making beautiful music makes the songs, inadvertently or unintentionally, precious. Man Descending comes off as a precious object, leaving the listener feeling hands-off, left out. Taking a cue from a Guy Vanderhaeghe novel of the same name, Man Descending is perhaps caught up in its own (literary) pretensions. Its gorgeous cover and black-and-white photos accompanying lines from songs set up something unique, when the music is really just highly polished slow-to-mid-tempo country-rock fronted by a guy sounding like Chris Isaak minus the vocal tenor.
Sean Flinn

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