> Spirit Bird
Gatefold Double LP! Includes digital download card. Shaped by his history while continuing to break new ground, Xavier Rudd is at his most creative on "Spirit Bird" - his 7th studio album. Encompassing all of his musical and spiritual gifts, Xavier once again paints breathtaking pictures with vivid, unmistakable tones; hypnotic ceremonial rhythms ease effortlessly into tender folk songs. Gritty guitar blues sits perfectly alongside entrancing yidaki passages. Rudd's voice and the voice of his ancestors yet again bear truth and knowledge on the new album. At times "Spirit Bird" recalls the simplicity of Xavier's 2004 release "Solace", and at others the electricity of his 2008 release "Dark Shades Of Blue". There is the youthfulness of his 2002 debut "To Let", but the wisdom of 2010's "Koonyum Sun". It is Xavier Rudd by every measure. And whether it is a message, or just some words from the heart; "Spirit Bird" is a defining moment in the evolution of one of Australia's most important artists. Accompanied by a plaintive harmonica and acoustic guitar, "Comfortable In My Skin" sets the breezy tone that hearkens Chuck Ragan in a more contemplative mode or what Bob Dylan would have sounded like if he surfed. The lead-off track, "Follow the Sun" ebbs and flows hypnotically, with a lilting guitar line and a flitting harmonica that propels you forward in a breezy haze. Where most modern artists pile on electronics with studio effects, Xavier strips everything down to rhythm and melody, painting breathtaking pictures with broad tonal brushstrokes and highlights it with his smooth and soothing vocals. By incorporating aboriginal chants into the fabric of the title track, Xavier constructs an epic goosebump-inducing song that soars in otherworldly bliss, cathartically crashing into a whispered hush.
TRACKLISTING: 01. LIONESS EYE 02. COMFORTABLE IN MY SKIN 03. SPIRIT BIRD 04. PROSPER 05. BOW DOWN 06. FOLLOW THE SUN 07. BUTTERFLY 08. CULTURE BLEEDING 09. PAPER THIN 10. FULL CIRCLE 11. MYSTERY ANGEL 12. 3 ROADS 13. CREATING A DREAM
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