James King - These Old Pictures

Wednesday 1st June 1994
James King - These Old Pictures

STYLE: Country
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Rounder 0305

Reviewed by Tony May

Here's a bluegrass practitioner who makes no concessions whatsoever to those fancy Dans who mix trendy rock influences into the raw music. King describes his sound as soulful mountain music; he certainly pours buckets of emotion into the bill of fare. Tracks with titles like the gospel songs "Weary Angel Of Death" and "Garden In The Sky" give fair warning that it's serious stuff we are offered here. For sure it's quite gut-wrenching in places, but there's great beauty in places in King's treatment of these lovely old songs. As someone once said, "You gotta have heart" and the man certainly lays his on the line here. The music's kept straightforward, clean, tasteful, acoustic picking. Quite a moving album in its own way, on something like the title song which is about pictures found in an old Bible. King is convincingly emotional, different and pleasing.

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