Tom Brosseau: Posthumous Success

By: Dennis Cook

Come on in, the water is warm and wide. Even as our narrator, newfangled folkie Tom Brosseau, explains, "It's hard for me to say where to begin/ everything is caving in/ everything is up in the air/ I'm bleeding now/ I don't even care," there's a sumptuous invitation to join him that bears a striking resemblance to the the prickly, acoustic-grounded brilliance of Fred Neil. A more boyish, less despondent Elliott Smith also springs to mind in spots on Postumous Success (released June 23 on FatCat), Brosseau's third album, which expands nicely on his previous bare bones outings, pairing his young, yearning voice with female counterparts, spiky fuzz effects, subtle but substantive arrangements and a thoroughly thoughtful set of lyrics. Nice one.

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[Published on: 8/20/09]

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