Warn Defever

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Sometimes Warn Defever's side projects fall by the wayside, but other times they are dead-on. His self-produced and released Recorded by Warn Defever is one such record that is beautiful in that it does what every great artist should do -- challenge. Not only does Defever challenge his audience, but he most importantly challenges himself. By far, Defever's greatest obstacle has been his voice, as it isn't gorgeous in the traditional sense. But here it is more than glorious in its naturalness, and it becomes the most endearing part of the record. He definitely has no problem in the guitar category, as he beautifully strums these emotional tunes of loneliness, heartbreak, and kindness. The themes are certainly all-American concepts, mimicking perfectly the type of songwriting present on so many Will Oldham records, yet remaining quite different from the typical Oldham sound. Also included are gracefully rendered tracks that were originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix, Ida, Flashpapr, and Bad Brains. His Name Is Alive's own "Are We Still Married" is covered here as well. He treats his subjects so gently (lyrically and musically) that it's easy to fall under his spell while he plays the troubadour role that he never had a place for in His Name Is Alive. Considering that this was recorded in a garage over Thanksgiving weekend in 1999, there are some luscious sounds captured here, definitely a testament to Defever's production abilities and his brilliant ear for perfection. An incredible release.

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