What to Fear by Sean Watkins

What to Fear Sean Watkins ★★★☆ Watkins' What to Fear is full of Bush-era sentiments and politics, in a way that isn't nostalgic. There's a twist at the end that saves it from its own quagmire, resulting in a neat little album.       It's probably the case that there's plenty of music still being made that seems as though it never stepped foot outside of the Bush-era. 2008 wasn't that long ago, after all, and there was so much affect associated with it; the fear, the solipsism, the impotence. But all that gets really talked about now is how something is "post-9/11." Luckily we have...
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Editor’s Note: Ghosts of Country

For the release of the first issue of the Quarterly Review of Contemporary Country, the editor reflects on the major theme of the first quarter of 2016: ghosts. To download the issue in full, visit HERE.   They’re in the title of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 and in Megan & Liz’ “That Ghost.” They’re present in the buried harmonies that abortively open Gene Watson’s Real. Country. Music. and in the obsession with legacy that drives Hank Williams Jr’s It’s About Time into a wall. That Malcolm Holcombe’s haunted seems a given, but the same could be said of Dianna...
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