Finds the Present Tense

On the cover of his first album in four years, this country-folk lifer sits in front of a time bomb, head in hands. Listening to these 10 tracks, one suspects he’s longing for the boom, hoping a quick blast will save him from life’s interminable creep. No such luck. “I done some things of which I ain’t proud,” Morlix sings on “Series of Closin’ Doors,” adding, “Nothing I really wanna talk about.” But talk he does, dishing in his weary, witty way about misadventures legal, romantic and otherwise. “I find myself flapping like a worn-out shoe,” he sings elsewhere, and backed by barely-there guitar, B3 and little else—he’s just that: weathered, leathery, destined to scrape on.


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