10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its images of “brakelights showing” and other beacons in the night, “A Chance Counsel” opens Richard Buckner’s 2004 album with a wee-hours scene of emotional desolation. Yet as lonely as it is in that darkness, it’s also a comfort zone for the alt-country maverick. Over 10 songs that explore the end of his marriage to his former drummer, Penny Jo Buckner, he shifts between feelings of weary resignation and ache-filled wistfulness, landing somewhere in between for “Her,” the album’s stirring centerpiece.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its images of “brakelights showing” and other beacons in the night, “A Chance Counsel” opens Richard Buckner’s 2004 album with a wee-hours scene of emotional desolation. Yet as lonely as it is in that darkness, it’s also a comfort zone for the alt-country maverick. Over 10 songs that explore the end of his marriage to his former drummer, Penny Jo Buckner, he shifts between feelings of weary resignation and ache-filled wistfulness, landing somewhere in between for “Her,” the album’s stirring centerpiece.

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