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CD Review: Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett

Damien Jurado’s attention span topples that of most singer-songwriters. Rather than spinning fully formed narratives, the Seattle folkie has always carved out and harped on minute moments — small gestures; a contained smile here, a devastating blank stare there. These still lifes bear greater resonance than your traditional set of point-A-to-B lyrics because they appear to process despair in ways the everyman can fathom. We don’t live in panoramic memories, we live in very specific ones, dealing with very specific instances.