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Poor David’s Al­manack ★★★★ Acony

The mea­sure of this im­pres­sive al­bum is that it is the first of Rawlings’s three solo al­bums when the lis­tener doesn’t im­me­di­ately yearn for the thrilling lead voice of part­ner Gil­lian Welch. She is there, of course, cowrit­ing five of the 10 tracks, her duets/ har­monies ev­ery­where. Rawlings re­lies on her voice, and that of la­bel stable­mate Wil­lie Wat­son, to flesh out his reedy voice, to add warmth and weight. They achieve this in spades but equally Rawlings has never sounded as present or as full of char­ac­ter. The 10 tracks give him lots of scope, from the square dance jol­lity of Money Is the Meat in

the Co­conut to the Neil Young­in­flu­enced Cum­ber­land Gap in which Rawlings show­cases his sin­gu­lar gui­tar skills. Lindsey

But­ton is deep and res­o­nant, Yup full of af­fec­tion­ate play­ful­ness as is Good Go­daWo­man. Down­sides? The ir­ri­tat­ing strings on Air­plane. davidrawl­ings.com

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