Quick Review (LP): In the Cool of the Day by Daniel Martin Moore

Daniel Martin Moore
In The Cool Of The Day
Sub Pop; 2011

My Rating: A (86/100)

Best Tracks: “Closer Walk With Thee”, “In The Cool Of The Day”, “Lay Down Your Lonesome Burdens”

Haunts, Chills, Soothes…

I guess I was expecting a little more irony and a generous smattering of over-the-top, arty poppiness here. I can’t help it, I’ve been conditioned by years of indie listening, where you get your folk with a prefix. This is a plain-faced folk record though, and it certainly stands on its own without the indie or the pop. It’s a completely understated and pastoral record, sincere and earnest with the right twinges of nostalgia and organic instrumentation. Many of the numbers will be recognizable to individuals with any sort of church background, and Moore’s humble delivery casts things in a particularly affective light, as if he’s arranged the songs this quietly in order to discern the still, small voice of God in between the notes. There’s some outstanding individual tracks here, too. The title track, in particular, haunts, and the impressionistic instrumental “Lay Down Your Lonesome Burdens” is as plaintive and lovely as a clear summer’s night. I’ll break it down – there’s something about this record, and so I recommend it to you, dear reader, with enthusiasm.

Cohesion (5/5)
Consistency (5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Concept (5/5)
Songs (4.5/5)

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