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Langhorne Slim
The Way We Move - RAMSEUR
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Marissa R. Moss on June 8, 2012

 

Langhorne Slim

Sean Scolnick, as Langhorne Slim, begins his new LP with a bang, not a whimper. The title track is an electric one that transports you to a barn in the country where the horns echo and men scream out foot-stomping choruses, tapping along with a locomotive drumbeat. This is the stage for the record, a collection of songs triggered by guitar lines so energetic you can almost sense fingers bleeding, emotional undercurrents and smart turns of phrase all anchored by Slim’s voice, which slips from a raw growl to a nasal high-register. Some of the best tracks (the heartbreaking “Song for Sid”; “Past Lives”) showcase Slim’s talents in slower, more subtle fashion, with lines like “When you’re alive you’re alright / When you’re dead, you’re a saint.” The songs are short and numerous, and the record may have benefited from trimming the fat on some, while simmering others. But overall, when Slim commands, “This is the way we move,” it’s an order you’ll want to follow. 

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