Hallelujah Anyhow

Hallelujah Anyhow

by Hiss Golden MessengerHiss Golden Messenger


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On his seventh album under the Hiss Golden Messenger moniker, vocalist, songwriter, and idea man M.C. Taylor's musical approach has continued to evolve. Taylor's sound has matured from the minimalist dark night of the soul of 2010's Bad Debt to the richly textured emotions of 2017's Hallelujah Anyhow, which in both attitude and technique suggests a great lost singer/songwriter album from the glory days of Laurel Canyon. Here, Taylor's melodies sound both sunny and weathered, the work of a man who has seen good and bad in the world and has opted to remain optimistic without letting go of his realism. His vocals generate the same mood with his full-bodied twang, and his studio band evokes the well-worn magnificence of the Band (both with and without Bob Dylan) and the overcast Midwestern temperament of the Jayhawks without suggesting they're tried to cop moves from either band. The superb guitar work from Josh Kaufman, the evocative keyboards of Phil Cook, and the tough but implacable drumming of Darren Jessee give these songs just the right push they need, rocking gently but decisively while letting their country accents strut their stuff. As for Taylor's songs, he's better with mood than with narrative, but give him half a chance and these ten tunes will powerfully connect with you, as his meditations on life's trials and love's tribulations take root. Taylor's talent is well served on this album, and the craft is superb and soulful at the same time. Hallelujah Anyhow is another outstanding exercise in record making from Hiss Golden Messenger, and it's recommended to loyal fans and curious neophytes alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2017
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855060521
catalogNumber: 605
Rank: 3322

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hiss Golden Messenger   Primary Artist
Mac McCaughan   Harmony
Darren Jessee   Percussion,Drums
Tift Merritt   Harmony
Michael Lewis   Saxophone
M.C. Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Paul White   Harmony
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig   Harmony
Phil Cook   Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Skylar Gudasz   Harmony
Brad Cook   Bass Guitar
Tamisha Waden   Harmony
Josh Kaufman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Evan Ringel   Trombone

Technical Credits

M.C. Taylor   Producer
Scott Hirsch   Engineer
Daniel Murphy   Layout
Chris Boerner   Engineer
Sam Smith   Cover Art
Brad Cook   Producer
Andy Tennille   Cover Photo

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