i know i have mentioned this a few times before, and it actually ended up on my top ten of 08 list, but i think its worth bringing up again. i actually may enjoy ben nichols’ solo, the last pale light in the west, more than any lucero record. it maybe the fact that this is mostly an acoustic record and his voice, which is one of my favorites, is more in front and center and not fighting through a wall of guitars. the 7 song mini-record is based off cormac mccarthy’s blood meridian, which i have not read, but the characters are classic nichols, ne’er do wells, the downtrodden, lost souls, and maybe even the un-wantingly romantic. one thing i have loved and love about every nichols’ penned tune is that he finds away to make the characters, fiction or non, sing through him, and not vice versa. my only complaint is that its about 3-4 tracks too short. other than that, its a minor classic to these ears.
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this is my favorite track off the record and lyrically this is one of my favorite ben has written.