10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Damien Jurado’s tenth LP is a grandly romantic concept album about a man who decides to disappear from society. Jurado, too, ventures outside his comfort zone here, offering uncharacteristically hard-rocking solos (“Nothing Is the News”) and chilling backup singing (“Life Away from the Garden”). Much of Maraquopa is still Jurado doing what he does best: calmly crooning incisive lyrics from behind his charming guitar (“Working Titles,” “Maraquopa”). No respite from melancholy, these poignant tracks bear Jurado’s trademark wistfulness, especially the heartening “Museum of Flight.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Damien Jurado’s tenth LP is a grandly romantic concept album about a man who decides to disappear from society. Jurado, too, ventures outside his comfort zone here, offering uncharacteristically hard-rocking solos (“Nothing Is the News”) and chilling backup singing (“Life Away from the Garden”). Much of Maraquopa is still Jurado doing what he does best: calmly crooning incisive lyrics from behind his charming guitar (“Working Titles,” “Maraquopa”). No respite from melancholy, these poignant tracks bear Jurado’s trademark wistfulness, especially the heartening “Museum of Flight.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Marcoco ,

Superb- exquisitely beautiful, rewards repeat listening.

This is the first album of a two-part series of concept records, the next being 2014's "Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son". Both are fantastic records; Maraqopa begins the story. This record is beautiful, completely engaging and rewarding of repeat listening. The music on this record (and Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son) asks the big questions; if his earlier track "Ohio" describes worldly love and longing, these songs ask universal questions. The music and songwriting are superb; this artist has just made two albums of otherworldly beauty.

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