Richmond Fontaine

Lost Son

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Lost Son is a beautiful album, a collection of narratives whose characters are both fascinating and doomed. From the kid of "Cascade" to the security guard of "Pinkerton," the subjects of the songs move through despair and hope, while the listener tries to figure out what happens after the song ends. Musically, the album is just as compelling: the loud, ragged guitars and pounding drums of "Mule," "Savior of Time," and "Muddy Conscience" often give way to quiet acoustics, mandolins, and pedal steel; the overall effect is a rich, textured record. Like a Son Volt that manages to rock while at the same time delivering slow songs that never come across as dirge-like, Richmond Fontaine is one of Portland, OR's best exports, and Lost Son is certainly one of their finer works.

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