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Langhorne Slim is another in a great lineup of fall releases that includes American music from Port O’Brien, The Avett Brothers and Lucero. Be Set Free was released on September 29th and the single “I Love You, But Goodbye” was offered a month earlier and proved to be a good sample for what the album had in store. Much like contemporaries, The Avett Brothers, Langhorne continues to move further and further away from the country-folk style of his debut, When The Sun’s Gone Down, and more into pop-music territory on this release.

Like his self-titled album, he has a way to mask painful lyrics into upbeat songs that force frequent double-takes. Be Set Free opens with stringed arrangements and acoustic guitar on “Back To The Wild.” The aforementioned “I Love You, But Goodbye” is the breakup song of 2009 with lyrics “a bird with clipped wings can still sing but can no longer fly.”

As much as I like that line, I had trouble getting past the uninspired lyrics on the next song, “Land of Dreams:”

Everyone has got a dream.
You know what I mean?
Everyone wants to see what they’ve never seen.
You know what I mean?

Just when I was thinking “Oh no you didn’t just do that, Langhorne” with a finger snap and side-to-side head slide, he rebounds with the following lines:

I watch the shadows dance, hear the crickets creek.
Now I’m on the street.
I’ve learned the robin’s song, seen the mountain peak.
Now it’s time for sleep.

The banjo creeps in after the lines “Everyone becomes invisible in the land of dreams” and the song eventually becomes a favorite. Other standouts for me were the title track, “For a Little While” and “So Glad I’m Coming Home.” The best surprise on the album, however, is “Leaving My Love” when Langhorne is joined by Erika Wennerstrom of The Heartless Bastards on vocals. Eat your heart out Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

Langhorne Slim is touring the country now and his show is not one to miss. He’ll likely be rocking a fedora and wife beater as he earns every penny of your ticket price in screams, jumps and other sweaty antics.

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Langhorne Slim – I Love You, But Goodbye

Video: Langhorne Slim – Back To The Wild

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Langhorne Slim just released a track from his upcoming release, Be Set Free. The song is “I Love You But Goodbye” and the album will be released on September 29th via Kemado Records. If the song is representative of the rest of the album, we’re in for something special.

Langhorne Slim – I Love You But Goodbye

I caught Langhorne’s set at Lolla (my first time) and he blew me away. He has an amazing stage presence and pours his heart and soul into the performance. If he’s coming through your town, buy a ticket. You won’t regret it.

Tour dates:

10/15 – Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
10/17 – TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA
10/21 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
10/22 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
10/24 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
10/25 – 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
10/26 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10/28 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
10/29 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/30 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
11/02 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
11/03 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC
11/06 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
11/08 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 – Rhythm Room – Tempe, AZ
11/11 – Mohawk Outside – Austin, TX
11/13 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
11/15 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/16 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
11/17 – Rock N Roll Hotel – DC
11/19 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

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