The White Buffalo Love And The Death Of Damnation on Colored 180g LP + Download
"I've always loved the combination of things that are really beautiful and things that are really dark or heavy. There's a lot of that on this album." So says Jake Smith, singer, songwriter, guitarist and sole charter member of the White Buffalo about his new album Love And The Death of Damnation, the most impressive manifestation to date of the richly evocative songcraft that's established Smith as a singular creative force.
The California-bred artist writes timeless, vividly detailed character studies, tapping into the emotional lives of various misfits, outsiders and troubled souls with insight and compassion. His songwriting is matched by his rough-hewn, deeply expressive voice, and by his distinctive instrumental arrangements, which are simultaneously intimate and epic. Smith's songs, and the White Buffalo's recordings, have struck a responsive chord with a large and diverse fan base, and won praise from critics across the media spectrum.
It curls through loneliness, sets out on crooked highways. It is an American voice cured in recession, war and betrayal, a resonant map where the spectral bleeds into dreams. But in it, like mica in slate, is the glint of redemption, flashing just long enough to allow a man to keep a bead on whatever goodness might dwell in him." Those qualities are prominent throughout Love And The Death of Damnation, whose 11 compelling new Smith compositions build upon the creative achievements of the White Buffalo's 2013 breakthrough release Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways.
The material ranges from the anthemic opener "Dark Days" to the haunting drug-deal-gone-sour scenario of "Chico" to the bittersweet balladry "Radio with No Sound" to the honest uplift of "Home Is In Your Arms" to the hard-bitten acceptance of "Where Is Your Savior" to the rousing gospel-soul of the album-closer "Come On Love, Come On In." The album also features Smith's first-ever duet, "I Got You," a pointed, warts-and-all love song that teams him with up-and-coming songstress Audra Mae, who he met through their mutual work on Sons of Anarchy.