The Shivers

Buried Life

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An earthy collection of rootsy country and folk delivered with an unpracticed energy and raw emotion. Some of the songs are upbeat and pushed along by drummer Barry Haney, while others are presented in a stark fashion, with just acoustic guitar and voice or the added textures of accordion, dobro, fiddle, and lap steel. The lyrical content evokes dark imagery, as in Carey Kemper's "Cult 45," while the music is hauntingly beautiful, particularly in songs like Kelly Bell's "House of the Spirits," with guest musician Jacqueline Ferrier-Ulton adding the lone and sad cello part over a strumming acoustic guitar. Kemper and Bell are especially compelling when they're singing together, sometimes recalling the dual-octave vocal style of X, and there's a sensual quality to songs like "No Love Lost." Bell gives a wistfully unforgettable performance on her "Make a Wish," and Kemper sounds a little reminiscent of a young Johnny Cash on "Cannonball."

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