JOHN MURRY

A SHORT HIS­TORY OF DE­CAY TV, OUT NOW Gothic Amer­i­cana from the re­cov­ery room.

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums -

One of the high­lights of John Murry’s 2012 LP, The Grace­less Age, was the har­row­ing Lit­tle Col­ored Bal­loons, which re­counted the heroin over­dose that left him tech­ni­cally dead for five min­utes. Haunted and lachry­mose, his sec­ond al­bum seems un­able to for­get the ex­pe­ri­ence. Al­lied with Murry’s melo­di­ous coun­try rock and new wave sen­si­bil­ity, the re­sults are rich in im­pact and sur­prise. The ele­giac Miss Mag­da­lene imag­ines Je­sus dwelling amid the junkies, the bizarrely up­beat One Day (You’ll Die) keeps up the re­li­gious im­agery while in­ter­po­lat­ing Santo & Johnny’s 1959 in­stru­men­tal Sleep Walk, and som­bre fi­nale (and Afghan Whigs cover) What Jail Is Like la­dles on the rev­e­la­tory guilt once again. IAN HAR­RI­SON Lis­ten To: One Day (You’ll Die) | Miss Mag­da­lene

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