Saturday, January 18, 2014

CD Review: Jimbo Mathus Returns To Let Out The "Dark Night Of The Soul"

Singer/songwriter/guitarist and former frontman for the jazz/rock band the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jimbo Mathus is preparing to release his latest solo album entitled "Dark Night Of The Soul." It is his second album on Fat Possum Records and will become available on February 18. Mathus stated that the recording of this album was very casual. He would just stop by the studio with a song idea and record it tape before making any adjustments. He ended up with over 40 songs, twelve of which made the cut of this latest release.

For those that not have heard from Mathus since his Squirrel Nut Zippers, may have noticed how his voice has weathered as in the slow-opening track "Dark Night Of The Soul." The song is like a welcoming introduction to the style of music Mathus is passionate about performing. He gets his southern rock groove going on "White Angel" and sounds a little like Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes on "Rock & Roll Trash." Songs like 'Writing Spider" and  "Casey Caught A Cannonball" come off like rock soul classics from the seventies, while his songwriting shines on the slow blues of "Tallahatchie." Mathus gets funky with the bass line groove of "Fire In The Canebrake," before finishing the album with the dark overtones of "Butcher Bird."

To find out more about Jimbo Mathus and his soon to be released new album "Dark Night Of The Soul," please visit his Facebook page at

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