thus far 2014 has been a helluva year for music, at least to these ears. i easily have a top 15 records of the year, and we’re barely through half the year. i must warn you, dear reader, that my next few “reviews” are going to be that of the gushing variety. i dont and never written about stuff i hate, i just dont have the time for that. i only wanna spread the good stuff. so, today we have kansas city’s the blessed broke and their record ladders out of purgatory. this is one of them records that came out of left field, honestly was not expecting much, but damn, once you dig into it, it digs into you. this may be my 2014 version of buffalo gospel’s we can be horses, which came out of nowhere and i think ended up at number 6 on my list last year. this is record is that damn good. while its not the most uplifting record, its not a total bummer, either, its actually quite lovely in all its melancholiac glory – not sure if that make sense? either way, the blessed broke reminds me quite a bit of songs:ohia but not magnolia electric co, cause they really had two separate visions. if you dig molina, in either variation, there is no way you wont dig the blessed broke. everything works in beautiful unison on ladders out of purgatory, whether it be brian frame’s lyrics/delivery, or the rest of the blessed broke players, pardon the lame pun, framing his lyrics, it really is a special record. definitely one of my favorites of 2014 and thus cannot recommend it enough.
buy ladders out of purgatory via their bandcamp page