Saturday, January 07, 2012

Album Review: Into the Missionfield

Title:  Into the Missionfield (Fluff and Gravy Records)

Drunken Prayer is the brainchild of Portland, OR’s Morgan Christopher Geer.  His sophomore full-length album, Into the Missionfield, is an 11 song collection that mixes elements of folk, country, and rock (and just about everything in-between).  The mood of the record is dark, chuck full with imagery of death, longing, and loss.  The songs are well executed with the right amount of arrangements and instrumentation (at times including organ, electric and acoustic guitars, and violin—among others).  What I really like about Into the Missionfield is the total lack of pretense.  Geer’s songwriting and performance is just a guy playing the music he loves and that is something that I think is all-too-often missing from modern music.  But if I had to describe the sound of Drunken Prayer’s music, I’d have to say that it reminds me of some drunken cross between Randy Newman and Cracker.       

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