William Fitzsimmons

The Sparrow and the Crow

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Along with fellow traveler Sufjan Stevens, William Fitzsimmons has an ornate, virtually orchestral approach to what many would consider folk-based, confessional, singer/songwriter music. The Sparrow and the Crow, his third disc, is Fitzsimmons' musical depiction of a divorce. The melodies are anchored by guitar, banjo, or piano, then built upon as if they were mini-symphonies or mini-musicals, and the lyrics are harrowing and laden with metaphor. The mood is melancholy but not overwhelmingly so, and, expectedly, the songs are artfully constructed.

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