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Monday August 3, 2015
We begin an exciting new feature at Rambling On this week: Album Tracks! Each edition will highlight two or three deep cuts worth investigating. Today: Soul Asylum, The Cure, and Porter Wagoner.
New World – Soul Asylum
from the 1992 album Grave Dancers Union
The variety of material on Grave Dancers Union is what makes it work so well. “New World” is rootsier than most of what surrounds it. Lead singer David Priner hits some affecting falsetto in the verses and the lilting chorus is atmospheric and macabre.
The Cure – The Blood
from the 1985 LP Head on the Door
Porter Wagoner – The Agony of Waiting
from the 1971 LP Sings His Own
This room is like a tomb quiet and still
I can almost hear my heart breaking
But it won't cause there's a chance I might see you tomorrow
But oh the agony of waiting
The stoic, assured voice of Wagoner and some warm pedal steel make this a lost classic.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.