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Tuesday, September 12

Murder By Death

One of the most dynamic albums that I've heard recently is In Bocca al Lupo by Murder By Death. The packaging of the album, which includes mysterious album art of a tree who's roots seem to reach all the way to hell, and the album title (which comes from the Italian phrase "In the mouth of the wolf") both help set a rough and gritty mood that continues through the whole album. Murder By Death, lyric-wise create dark-themed storylines, and music-wise, it contrasts sweeping rock tunes ("Boy Decide", "Brother") with slow ballads that build into heavily orchestrated and highly dramatic compositions ("The Big Sleep" / "The Devil Drives").

The highlight of the album is Adam Turla's vocals of which the gruffiness can only be compared to classic singers, Johnny Cash or Tom Waits. This style fits the themes of the album, which are sin, punishment, devils, angels, and redemption perfectly. These are all told over a bottle of whiskey in a setting that seems to be a drafty western bar where spanish trumpets, cellos, and organs fill the room. In Bocca al Lupo is a record that appeals to the darker side of individuals and it brings you on a dirt road journey that you don't want to pass by. Very highly recommended.

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posted by Taylor, 9/12/2006 12:30:00 PM | link 1 comments


I've been reading your blog on and off since the "Evolution of Crazy" post. Had never heard of Murder by Death; after reading your evocative review I ended up buying the album and it's been on in my car nonstop since. Thanks!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 9/21/2006 08:57:00 PM  

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