Dignity And Shame





Archers of Loaf were brilliant. Their angular college rock made yours truly a devoted fan. I played the hell out of All The Nation's Airports during my days in college radio. The group disbanded after their amazing album White Trash Heroes, and out of its ashes came a musical endeavor I would never have predicted. Former Archers frontman Eric Brachman pulled a musical 180 with Crooked Fingers. Gone are the gruff vocals and distorted guitars. In their place you'll find memorable melodies, acoustic guitars and a musical style leaning more towards folk than indie rock. On February 22, Merge Records will release the latest offering from Crooked Fingers, titled Dignity And Shame. The record opens with the Latin-influenced instrumental "Islero", filled with rolling guitar lines and trumpet. "Call To Love" is simply a fantastic pop song, showing the softer side of Brachman. Australian singer/songwriter Lara Meyerratken's duet balances out his Tom Waits-meets-Neil Diamond vocal stylings perfectly. Another standout is "Andalucia", which may be my favorite on the album. This track teeters on drifting back into Archers territory until the chorus, which turns into a dark-yet-catchy pop song mixed with a bit of Peter Murphy. This album is a bit Americana and a bit indie rock. It is filled with twelve songs of love and love lost. Dignity And Shame shows Brachman as a musician still growing, experimenting and gaining a newfound optimism in his songwriting. Cuddle up with a bottle of whiskey and listen to this record. Doctor's orders.

Crooked Fingers
Merge

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